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The Case of Two most Visited Gaming Websites

According to the Avast Virus Lab, its security researchers recently found numerous websites that had contracted infection from attack toolkits, trojans as also other malicious components, which diverted end-users onto popular destinations designed to distribute malware. Softpedia published this dated January 13, 2012.

Apparently, nearly all the contaminated websites were legitimate, though a few might've been designed particularly for serving malware. The latter kind of websites carried an assortment of PUP (potentially unwanted programs), redirectors, and JavaScript contaminations. Unfortunately, there isn't any process for end-users to visually detect any of the said threats on their PCs.

The security company Avast Software reports that a website, which had the maximum number of visitors, was cutearcade.com, an amalgamation comprising Internet games having coloring, dressing up as well as Hello Kitty. This website reportedly, contracted infection more than 12,600 times since January 10, 2012. Moreover, for the websites infected with the Trojan malware, visitors were diverted onto linuxstabs.com, a popular destination distributing malicious software.

CTO Ondrej Vlcek of Avast Software stated that since Internet games involved frequent clicking, with kids not considering enough as to what they were hitting on, their as well as their parents' PCs turned pretty vulnerable to malware. Softpedia published this.

One other widely-visited website discovered as contaminated was hiddenninjagames.com that redirected viewers onto astrofiber.co.be. This former Flash gaming website carried one attack toolkit, which diverted end-users onto the suspicious URL namely astrofiber.co.be.

Meanwhile, websites having malicious drive-by downloads, are known to contaminate users' PCs, instantly. However, strong anti-virus software that's regularly made up-to-date can provide and is the sole defense. As per Avast's researchers, although the majority of kids' gaming websites reported appeared as legitimate, some apparently were created chiefly for delivering spam.

Yet, the greatest hazard is attributed to impersonation. While the website appears simple, friendly and genuine, still one gets ensnared with a nasty malware. Thus, even prior to detecting something suspicious, the user's computer becomes contaminated with malicious JavaScripts, PUP and/or redirectors.

Vlcek is certain that quality anti-virus software along with utilizing virtualization functionaries can lessen the dangers, while the case also calls for sandboxed virtual PCs for additional safety.

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