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Nearly 70% of Top 100 Sites Contain Malicious Content

Web users are often recommended to visit only legitimate sites to minimize the risk of malware attacks. But it appears that the difference between authentic and inauthentic sites has become meaningless.

A report, "State of Internet Security, Q3-Q4, 2008", released by Websense reveals that 70% of the top 100 sites either hosted harmful content or carried a link to redirect users to a malicious website in the second half of 2008. Researchers at Websense informed that it indicates 16% increase in malicious sites against the first half of 2008.

Further, Websense claims that 77% of the sites with familiar dangerous code are legitimate websites, significantly higher compared to 75% in the first half of 2008.

Security experts said that there are a number of methods ...

» SPAMfighter News - 30-01-2009

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