Users Surfing Malicious Sites Cause More Infection than Software Vulnerabilities

Most of the cyber attacks conducted by the top 100 malware identified this year were caused by computer users visiting the malicious websites and then downloading malicious content from there, said security firm Trend Micro.

Between January 1, 2008 and November 25, 2008, the top 100 malicious attacks made 53% of their total victims by tricking them into downloading malicious content from Internet. Another 12% of users globally fell victim after opening malicious attachments hidden in e-mails.

According to the analysis by Trend Micro, merely 5% of the total infections were attributed to exploitation of software vulnerability. In 2007, the proportion of infections through software bugs was also just 5%. Security research...

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