CRAWLEY U.K. -- Webroot Software, Inc., a leading provider of security software for the consumer, enterprise and SME markets, urges Internet users to use caution when visiting horse-racing websites and placing online bets, which can expose users' personal information to cyber criminals.
Derby Day takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom, Surrey and will be held on Saturday 2nd June 2007, offering a staggering award prize of over £1 million for the Derby winner. Dating back to 1779, Derby Day is the most prestigious event with horses and riders pushed to their limits around the unique and challenging course. With such excitement comes an increase in online activity due to both watching the horse race and placing online bets.
The remote gambling market has more than doubled in five years, with one in ten people having gambled on the internet. Sporting events, like the Epsom Derby, account for more than 40% of remote gambling, according to the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Gambling online is so easy now, with hand-held devices and remote links to the internet. As Internet usage increases, Webroot cautions users about a potential spike in the instances of system monitors and keyloggers. Classified as some of the most dangerous computer security threats, system monitors and keyloggers can track and record a user's individual keystrokes, making it easy for spyware criminals to steal personal information such as credit card numbers.