Information Security: Emerging Cybersecurity Issues Threaten Federal Information Systems GAO-05-231, May 13, 2005. Highlights.
“Spam, phishing, and spyware pose security risks to federal information systems. Spam consumes significant resources and is used as a delivery mechanism for other types of cyberattacks; phishing can lead to identity theft, loss of sensitive information, and reduced trust and use of electronic government services; and spyware can capture and release sensitive data, make unauthorized changes, and decrease system performance. The blending of these threats creates additional risks that cannot be easily mitigated with currently available tools. Agencies’ perceptions of the risks of spam, phishing, and spyware vary.”
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