Yahoo News has a story about the top ten spyware threats, as compiled by Webroot Software, Inc., a developer of anti-spyware tools.
The stop spot goes to CoolWebSearch, a particularly nasty program dubbed the “Ebola of the Internet” by Webroot vice-president Richard Stiennon. According to the studies done by the company, one out of every two PCs scanned by their software test positive for the presence of CoolWebSearch.
Probably the most sobering aspect of the story is just how much profit there is in spyware. CoolWebSearch reportedly made 300 million dollars last year for it’s developers.