Number of infected sites double in the past year

Number of infected sites double in the past year

Summary: More than 1 million Web sites were believed to be infected with malware in the fourth quarter of last year.

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More than 1 million Web sites were believed to be infected with malware in the fourth quarter of last year, nearly double from the previous year, according to figures released today by Dasient.

Malvertising, advertising containing malware, also is on the rise, with impressions doubling to 3 million per day from the third quarter of 2010, Dasient said in a blog post.

The news corresponds with information released this week by another security firm. An analysis of than 3,000 Web sites across 400 organizations last year found that 44 percent of them had serious vulnerabilities at all times, while 24 percent were frequently vulnerable for an average of at least 270 days a year, according to WhiteHat Security, which provides Web site testing and security services for companies. Meanwhile, only 16 percent of the sites examined were found to be rarely vulnerable, the report said.

For more on this story, read Report: Malware-laden sites double from a year ago on CNET News.

Topics: Malware, Browser, Security, Software Development

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  • And that's around the number of new Linux installs

    that the Donnieboys and Linux Advocates claim have replaced Windows.

    So they all point to the fact that Linux has taken over the sites that used to be run on Windows, and here we have infected sites doubling?

    Interesting coincidence, or something far more telling?
    Will Farrell
    • RE: Number of infected sites double in the past year

      @Will Farrell
      Obviously Will, you do not know Linux. I run both OS' and can't disagree with you more. Just FUD, pure and simple

      lrfocke
      Louis Ross Focke
      • So your saying its all a coincidence?

        @Louis Ross Focke
        Will Farrell
      • Nope, he just said FUD

        Pure & simple
        cat o nine tails
      • RE: Number of infected sites double in the past year

        :)
        www.awwgame.com
        lariosshow
    • Actually, we'd expect it to be even higher

      Now MS has given up on the fight (and subsidies), non-windows web hosting is again exploding ( IIS back under 20% ). If the drift away from windows server was the cause we'd see a much greater increase.

      It might also be worth pointing out the blog refers to website not webservers and malvertising is a big component. But this would require comprehension of the article.
      Richard Flude
    • Attack vectors

      @Will Farrell
      I drilled down about six links (references) down and across looking for a quick answer. The are about 6-11 major vectors of attack covered but OS isn't one of them. This is the best summary report I found. http://www.verizonbusiness.com/resources/reports/rp_2010-data-breach-report_en_xg.pdf
      LongTimeSoftwareDeveloper
    • RE: Number of infected sites double in the past year

      @Will Farrell :(
      www.awwgame.com
      lariosshow
    • RE: Number of infected sites double in the past year

      hey :)
      www.awwgame.com
      carolineueths