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'Dumb' users spread viruses – official

Don’t worry about the hackers – it’s your friends& Complacent and ‘too-busy’ users are responsible for the rapid spread of viruses, according to a study released Friday. The ‘nothing to do with me’ mob are the major offenders, making up 90 per cent of the 1,000 UK employees surveyed. This vast majority believe that they have no part to play in preventing the spread of viruses, and that it is the responsibility of the IT department, Microsoft or the government. Steve Brown, UK MD of network and security outfit Novell – which sponsored the report – said: “Viruses only work if there are people dumb enough to open them and pass them on.” But that’s OK – almost two thirds (60 per cent) aren’t aware of even the most basic virus-protection methods and one third claims to be too busy to bother – even if they knew how. As an email recipient, being 100 per cent sure of the identity of an emailer isn’t much protection – 58 per cent of your friends and colleagues will forward you spam without a thought, according to the survey. Full Story

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