studies have revealed that as much as one-third
of the internet may be composed of pornographic
webpages. But other studies have cast doubts on the safety
of those pages, warning that malware and other nasty surprises like
dialers await porn visitors.Those claims are a load of
bullocks, though, says UK free-antivirus firm Avast. The firm
says that in a recent
study it found 99 infected non-pornographic pages for every
infected porn page.They found that many seemingly "safe"
sites, including sites of high profile businesses, have been
compromised to include malicious attack scripts designed to take
advantage of unpatched Windows flaws. One high profile find was
the smartphones section of the Vodafone UK website, which ran a
and download malware to the users' computer.At the time of
release, the site sub-domain blackberry.vodafone.co.uk still
contained malicious code, but the site from which the attack payload
was to be downloaded from was no longer online.Avast
researcher Miloslav Korenko comments,
"Users browsing Vodafone domain should be safe - until new
hack/updated hack will be performed. Of course, the Blackberry
section of Vodafone.co.uk website needs to be cleaned as well - to
prevent future attack similar to this one."Similarly
compromised business pages were frequently found elsewhere. On
a UK hotel site (http://kensington-london-hotels.co.uk), the blogs
section was altered to run malicious scripts that would deliver
malware payloads. Other infected legitimate sites included
Brazilian software download site Baixaki and a variety of small
business websites in Germany. One in five website infections
are similar to Vodafone's -- using a script to attack an unpatched
Windows flaw and deliver malware -- according to Avast.In
contrast with the multitude of infected non-pornographic sites,
pornographic sites examined in the study actually demonstrated a
remarkably low infection rate. This is in line with the recent
UK study that identified that while roughly a third of the internet
was porn, only a small percentage of porn sites were unsafe.Avast
CTO Ondrej Vlcek states, "We are not recommending people to
start searching for erotic content but the statistics are clear - for
every infected adult domain we identify there are 99 others with
perfectly legitimate content that are also infected."Pornographic
sites have long been scrutinized for possible attacks as in the early
days of the internet they were a
source of attacks, and still continue to be a promising candidate
merely because of the vast amount of traffic passing through them.
But now that browsers have become more wary and employed safer
browsing practices when visiting such sites, malicious parties have
increasingly taken to attack legitimate sites, it appears.
quote: How about a [NSFW] tag? Or better yet, a non questionable image.
quote: For ever 1 porn site that was infected, 99 non-pornographic sites were found infected.
quote: The statement is as worthless as saying, for example,For every traffic accident occurs in the China, there are 99 accidents in USThere are more car ownerships in US than in China, even though driving in China may have been more dangerous
quote: More infected domains contain the word 'London' than 'sex'
quote: Recent studies have revealed that as much as one-third of the internet may be composed of pornographic webpages.
quote: "...for every infected adult domain we identify there are 99 others with perfectly legitimate content that are also infected"
quote: So, 30% of the net isn't porn related? Should we say 20%, 10%? Regardless it does not change the result of the study