Spam 'more of a menace than hackers'

Friday, 13 June 2003, 3:30 PM EST

Computer users are far more concerned about the day-to-day impact of spam than they are about hackers.

In fact respondents to a survey run among silicon.com readers revealed that almost twice as many of them believe spam is a bigger threat to their business than the actions of hackers.

However, far and away the biggest concern for computer users is the threat of a virus attack. Among the more than 2,800 respondents to the survey snapshot a massive 71 percent said they believe viruses pose the biggest threat.

While virus attacks posing the greatest perceived threat perhaps isn't that surprising, spam separating the two more high-profile network threats may well be a surprise to many.

However, despite the media hype which surrounds hackers, Kevin Chapman, small business director at Symantec, whose company fights on all three fronts, isn't surprised to hear that spam separates the two more high-profile network threats.

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