Web-based Malware Kept on Rising in Q1-2010

The latest research from anti-malware service provider, Dasient, stated that web-based malware kept on increasing considerably in Q1-2010. The firm also claimed that hackers have become more refined in their attacks, indicating that authentic sites are more susceptible than ever before.

During Q1-2010, Dasient discovered that more than 720,000 sites were targeted with malware. This number is drastically higher than the previously estimated 560,000 infected sites in Q4-2009.

The company also stated that this number not only comprises small to medium websites getting attacked, but also reputed sites (which included Fortune 500 companies). Larger websites are attractive targets because of their huge amount of traffic. It is much simpler to infect an existing website than to try and build web traffic to a website is build up from scratch.

Besides the above finding, the firm's report also discovers a factor that plays a crucial role in infections. It is the production of methods by which websites can be infected.

For example, a website that employs an javascript widget (hosted externally) could be hacked with the web-based malware, or content providers making use of third-party advertisement networks could have those compromised with 'malvertisements' exposing their consumers to malicious content. Further, viruses and other types of malware were discovered in advertisements on leading websites like WhitePages.com, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Drudge Report.com, along with ad delivery platforms like Yahoo, Google and Fox.

Security researcher at Dasient, Ariana Beil, stated that, according to their findings, malware is growing at a tremendous rate, as per the news published by thewhir.com on May 11, 2010.

Beil explained that as the cybercrime methods are becoming more refined with each passing day, it is essential to educate firms to employ effective security measures for their sites so as to safeguard their customers and revenues. For making their sites less vulnerable, businesses should regularly monitor their websites for the presence of any malicious content.

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