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Blogs With Malware Make Them Risky

Web security firm ScanSafe warned that malware lurks in blogs, so users must be careful about them. This came as the firm released its security threat report in end week of April 2007. The report findings call for organizations to scrutinize their blogs and make changes if required before users visit them. Itjungle published this in news on April 25, 2007.

After paying special attention to blogs, ScanSafe's "Monthly Global Threat Report for March 2007" revealed that 6% of all the world's blogs hosted malware. Although this may not appear a huge number but for users active in browsing blogs, there are great chances that they would encounter sites hosting viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other nasty malware.

The report also revealed that 80% of blogs displayed "offensive content" that ScanSafe referred to as adult material of pornographic pictures.

ScanSafe prepared its report on the basis of a real-time analysis of 7 billion or more web requests and 12 million or so web threats the company blocked in March in keeping with the requests of its corporate customers.

Blogs are a widely used platform for self-expression and exchange of opinions and ideas, said Dan Nadir, VP of product strategy at Scan Safe. Itnews published this on April 26, 2007.

But there is inherent risk that when employees visit these sites they could unwarily make corporate networks open to legal liability, loss of proprietary information, and viruses. Since the 'users-contribution content' in blogs is all the time changing, web security solutions that detect web crawling more than URL scanning can expose users to malware and undesirable material, Nadir further said. Itnews reported this on April 26, 2007.

The five uppermost prices of malware that Scan Safe found on blogs are Trojan.Win32.Diamin.js, Trojan-Downloader.VBS.Small.ca, Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Delf.acc, Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Agent.bfd, and Trojan.JS.Cardst.

The threat statistics on blogs look sensational, but they over emphasize the content's seriousness. According to ScanSafe, while a single word 'swear' does not mean that the site is a problem, it does mean that the Internet has become a route for interests that may seem offensive to others. So, companies need to address this issue.

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