Webroot - 1 in 12 Web-pages Contains Irrelevant Content

According to Webroot, a provider of Internet security for business organizations, malware is largely evolving in those parts of the Internet where traffic is the highest like social-networking websites. The company has claimed that its discovery is based on the fact that one in 12 web-pages is currently loaded with irrelevant content.

Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer of Webroot, stated that new discoveries emanating from the Webroot Threat Research Center suggested there was a definite increase in the total number of online attacks, as reported by SCMagazine on September 30, 2009.

Security researchers further said that they had, however, observed an enormous increase in malicious programs used to attack social-networking websites, like Koobface (a PC virus designed to capture end-users' personal details) and malicious software placed on condensed URL addresses like Tiny and bit.ly URLs, mostly found on Twitter.

They think that the considerable increase in malicious software to attack social-networking websites would boost the future surge in attacks, said security researchers. Therefore, they advised end-users to raise their knowledge about different threat strains.

In the meantime, Jon Collins, Managing Director of Freedom Dynamics, stated that information technology had both merits and demerits since all innovations as varied as social-networking to cloud computing or virtualization could be used to perform good or evil acts, as reported by TMCNET on September 28, 2009.

Collins added that as web-based attacks kept on developing and became increasingly targeted, there was need for maintaining appropriate protection that required keeping a balance between processes and policies, and technologies, which would suite an organization and its performance procedures.

Researchers said - majority of the largest websites are dangerous, while most of the maximum trafficked websites create security threats for users.

According to a newly released report by Websense (another Internet security company), the total number of harmful Internet sites had increased nearly 700% during 2008 of which 77% were originally genuine but compromised by malicious codes. Further, the security company finds that 95% of the total user-generated postings in fact are malicious or spam.

Related article: Webroot Detects Malware in Presidential Campaign Videos

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