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Virus Affected Sites are Increasing

As per the US- based IT company, Sophos, the number of virus-attacked sites is continuously increasing. In between January and March 2008, Sophos found a newly infected site in every 5 seconds on an average.

The security company claimed from its Mainz offices that in 2007, the figure was 14 seconds per virus attacked site creation. The study by Sophos discovered that the majority of affected sites were in that US (42%), then China (30%), Russia (10.3%) and finally Germany occupied the 4th place (2.2%).

Matthias Gaertner of German Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI) in Bonn said that anyone who visits to infected sites could depend on attacks by harmful programs. They are not bothered about the material cyber attackers attack specific security holes in sites. Even well known Internet pages are not secured from this, as per the news by bangkokpost on May 10, 2008.

The computer experts claimed that the attackers examine very carefully to see where they can create the maximum trouble. They attacked highly targeted surveillance of security holes on heavily visited sites.

In the last couple of weeks of May 2008, almost a half of million sites have been hacked already by script hacks. Scripts are employed in Web pages to enable some decorated stuff viz. short videos/animations, animated ads, drop down menus and selection/login boxes. Further, hackers are turning towards web browser security holes to invade systems as the users access Websites.

To fight against harmful software, Sophos recommended to have an anti virus software and a firewall. They also advised the regular use of security application known as patches. Also, an efficient protection is provided by programs that enquire users before permitting harmful sites to be called up.

Further, software creator, G Data, also cautions that one of the leading sources of harmful software is game and expansion packs being sold and purchased on peer to peer (P2P) networks. A recent study conducted by the company discovered that out of 1,000 files taken under analysis, 65% have been attacked by virus, while 6 months ago in December 2007 this figure was just 30%.

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