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Symantec Publishes One Hundred ‘Dirtiest’ Websites List

Symantec has recently arranged one hundred filthiest websites in a list and posted it online. These websites are designed particularly for passing malware to visitors' computers with the intention to seize their private information or to hijack contaminated systems.

The list prominently features adult-oriented sites that number 37 out of the total 100. A lot of the adult websites' names resemble popular legal pornographic sites so that victims can be tricked into traps through the incorrect typing of URL addresses.

Other malicious websites marked place on the list feature fake antivirus scams. These websites contain AV scams in different forms. One website even tries to exploit the popularity of a Macintosh gossip site as it employs the identical 'wrongly-typed site address' trick. More websites entered into the list are gaming cheats, glove retailers, laser engravers along with several otherwise harmless websites.

Adult-related websites represent just one-third of the total sites, following FAKEAV websites and multimedia websites. These commonly aim to persuade or deceive users into hitting a web-link, which would download some online rubbish.

Besides, the websites have a staggering number of threats. According to Symantec, the site with the greatest danger carries over 86,000 threats while the last site on the list contains over 3,500 threats. Moreover, 75% of the list's websites have been spreading malicious software for over 6-months, indicating slackening attitude of authorities to take action against such threats.

Symantec further discloses that the US is responsible for most cyber filth as majority of the sites on the list are hosted there, but China, Germany, Canada and Britain serially are also troublesome. Further, risky elements on average number a huge18,000/site, while two-fifths of such sites harbor over 20,000 threats.

Commenting on all these results, Con Mallon, Consumer Product Marketing Manager at Symantec, EMEA, stated that they indicated the steadily evolving nature of online threats, as cyber criminals kept on finding more treacherous methods to deceive Internet users into revealing their private information, to steal their identity, money and assets, as reported by Pocket-Lint on November 30, 2009.

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