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Malware Shifting From Dark Zones to More Acceptable Regions on the Internet

Blue Coat Systems the security company in its 2011 report on web security, after studying web behavior as well as malware that often manage to attack users, discovers that malicious software have shifted from the Internet's shady areas towards more acceptable zones like sources of mixed/open content and online storage sites. SCMagazine published this in news on February 28, 2011.

It is being reported that while fresh mixed/open content websites supporting malicious software rose 29%, online storage websites supporting malicious software rose 13%.

Said director of product marketing Dave Ewart of Blue Coat Systems, some older Web-surfers were of the opinion that the viruses they encountered came from online gambling websites alternatively pornographic websites, and such websites continued to be widely visited since the regions were shady and perilous. Yet, it was appalling that mixed/open content websites grew 29% in just one year, while online storage websites grew 13% during the same period, Ewart analyzed. SCMagazine reported this in news on February 28, 2011.

Ewart further said that the mentioned websites typically weren't detectable on systems that were based on reputation or traditional systems that were based on user-related technology. Hence, according to Ewart, it merited question as to how reliable was reputation-based filtering. Ontrack Data Recovery published this in news on February 28, 2011.

Blue Coats' latest report, nevertheless, indicates that an increasing number of users opt for their own blogs, web-pages, instant messaging and chat for maintaining pace amongst themselves. While e-mail continues to be the 4th most widely used means of communication, web-mail has plummeted to the No.17 rank. Moreover, several Trojans, in the meantime, have been discovered on Rapidshare a free of cost Internet storage website during December 2010.

Stated director of product and solution promotion, Jonathan Anderson for Blue Coat Systems Asia Pacific, Web activity related more to commerce and less to surfers' own satisfaction during 2010. The number of people visiting certain websites significantly dropped such as adult or personal/dating websites. On the contrary, video, audio, reference material and news sites were largely visited, Anderson indicated. CyberMedia published Anderson's statement in news on February 28, 2011.

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