Spyware generates $2bn of profit a year

Wednesday, 4 May 2005, 3:41 PM EST

Spyware ­invasive programs that generate pop-ups, hijack home pages, redirect searches and poison DNS files ­generates an estimated $2bn in revenue a year, according to a study by anti-spyware firm Webroot. It estimates the surreptitious spyware and adware market "may be approaching 25 per cent" of the already-established market of online advertising.

By John Leyden at The Register.

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