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Infected Websites Grow Three Times More

Security firm Sophos has discovered that cyber criminals are progressively using new creative techniques to extract money from Internet users.

Sophos reported that January-June 2008 witnessed a blast of threats disseminated through the Web, a preferred medium of attack for financially inclined cyber miscreants. On an average, Sophos detects 16,173 malware-infected Web pages each day, or 1 malicious page in every 5 seconds. The rate is triple of what was observed during 2007.

Besides, more than 90% of the pages disseminating spyware and trojans belong to legitimate Websites. Some of these sites belong to Fortune 500 companies and household brands that have attracted hackers' attacks with SQL injections.


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