Trend Micro has released the findings of its "Threat Roundup and Forecast" for the first half of 2008, which noted an upswing in online threats, but steady decreases in adware and spyware, eChannelLine reports. That's because cyber criminals are leveraging new technologies to propagate cyber crime and are reinventing social engineering to cleverly ensnare both consumers and businesses.

Trend Micro witnessed a dramatic increase in web threat activity during the first half of 2008. Web threats peaked in March to 50 million, from approximately 15 million in December 2007. On the decline, however, were adware, trackware, keyloggers, and freeloaders. In

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