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Kaspersky Cites Increased Attack on One in Three Thousand Legitimate Websites

Security firm, Kaspersky of recent announced that cybercriminals are targeting legitimate sites for disbursing malware. According to the firm, this proportion reached the ratio of one in 3,000 in 2010.

The firm declared that there was a hike in the number of web-based attacks in 2010, with an 580 Million detectable incidents.

Nevertheless, cybercriminals have turned their attention towards victimizing legitimate websites, including shopping and gaming rather than attacking websites with illegal content, including pirate films and music.

Taking into consideration this changing trend, Ram Herkanaidu, Senior Security Research at Kaspersky Labs commented that on several occasions, website owners are themselves ignorant about such attacks, reports security.cbronline on February 24, 2011.

Further to continue the statement, Herkanaidu said that the attackers simply load a website with a single piece of Java code, which often remains unnoticed by anyone. This code auto runs on site visiting and redirects a user to the malware.

In the past, users simply prevented themselves from this attack by simply avoiding visit to the illegitimate sites but now there are no other ways of prevention as legitimate sites are under attack, reports bbc.co. on February 23, 2011.

Data presented by Kaspersky are based on the reports by customers joining its security network.

According to Mr Herkanaidu, the accounted increase of web-based cyber attacks outstripped the number of new members in 2010, which indicates an increased threat.

The crime has now turned to be a cyber crooks' attack of choice. The firm further notified that cyber threat is being considered a seriously by government officials.

Kaspersky's mentioned instance reverberates with comments of Blue Coat Systems. According to Blue Coat Systems, cyber threats are becoming more critical of recent, with 90% of them being embedded in legitimate sites visited by netizens almost every day during 2010.

According to Jonathan Andresen, Director of Product and Solution Marketing Asia-Pacific at Blue Coat, cybercrooks are pretentiously masquerading in the robe of friends, selling items opted by users and sending emails containing the name of users, reports zdnetasia on February 23, 2011.

Related article: Kaspersky Released malware Statistics for September 2008

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