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StopBadware Identifies Five Companies Hosting Malware-Brokering Sites

The consumer protection campaign of StopBadware.org has published a report in which it has identified the first five ISPs that host websites most prolific in malware dealership throughout the world. Weblog.infoworld published this in news on May 8, 2007.

After analyzing nearly 50,000 websites, the coalition group picked up five companies that host most of those sites that distribute malware. The hosting firms that have the maximum infected websites on their servers are iPowerWeb, ThePlanet.com Internet Services, CHINANET Guangdong Province Network, Internap Network Services, and Layered Technologies. IPowerWeb serves around 10,834 infected sites.

StopBadware has pointed out a significant trend that is authentic Web sites' use for launching attacks. This shift has been rapid over 2006 in the pursuit of threat writers to stay clear of black lists. Black lists contain names of URLs that security companies label as nefarious.

According to the co-director with StopBandware.org John Palfrey, who is also the executive director with the Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet Society, earlier users downloaded badware out of choice. Now badware can infect a computer by just visiting a malicious site. Computerworld published Palfrey's comments in news on May 7, 2007.

Palfrey also said, the research analysis indicated that Web-hosting companies collaborate with websites that have security issues waiting to be addressed. That means such sites, which borrow the hosting services are likely to be at risk and therefore vulnerable to hackers.

Web attackers and distributors of malicious code are always working on techniques to get around anti-malware solutions designed to protect consumers, Palfrey said in a press release. Web-hosting service providers on their part have to work to remain ahead and find ways to protect the sites they host against malicious attacks. PCworld published this in news on May 8, 2007.

StopBadware expects that its identification of Web-hosting firms will help spread awareness among those firms and others. For e.g. these companies may encourage their customers to create complex passwords to fail attackers in guessing them and breaking into websites to inject their codes. They may also educate customers to use practices that will prevent access to Website administration rights, according to StopBadware.org.

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