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Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report revealed that religious websites have triple the number of virus-related threats than pornographic sites

A new report by security software company Symantec showed that religious websites are more likely to infect computers with viruses than pornographic sites.

Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report revealed that religious websites have triple the number of virus-related threats than pornographic sites.

"It is interesting to note that websites hosting adult/pornographic content are not in the top five, but ranked tenth," said Symantec in its Internet Security Threat Report. "We hypothesize that this is because pornographic website owners already make money from the Internet and, as a result, have a vested interest in keeping their sites malware-free; it's not good for repeat business."

Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report draws its conclusions from the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, which keeps an eye on cyber threats and activity in over 200 countries.

Earlier this week, Symantec also reported that the Flashback trojan, which has infected hundreds of thousands of Mac computers, generates about $10,000 per day. The Flashback trojan disguises itself as an install Java applet on hijacked sites, and when the user approves it, the trojan runs a piece of code that exploits a flaw in Java to remove OS X's anti-malware abilities. It then has the ability to steal clicks from ads on Google's search engine next to regular search results. Flashback installs alternative control programs, which turns Macs into bots. Meanwhile, the cyber criminals reap the benefits from the ghost clicks, meaning ad clicks that are not performed by a human, but by a bot instead.

Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report also mentioned that cyber attacks have increasingly targeted smartphones and tablets as well as employees at government agencies.

Source: Symantec



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Why so surprised?
By Motoman on 5/4/2012 5:35:25 PM , Rating: 3
Religion *is* an infection.




RE: Why so surprised?
By ritualm on 5/4/2012 5:35:38 PM , Rating: 4
And a major threat to national security.


RE: Why so surprised?
By Motoman on 5/4/2012 5:55:14 PM , Rating: 3
Verily.


RE: Why so surprised?
By BZDTemp on 5/4/2012 9:03:57 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Like that book burning nut case or the people from the so called "Family association".


RE: Why so surprised?
By Ammohunt on 5/4/2012 9:05:17 PM , Rating: 4
I would sooner worry about Marxists they are already negatively affecting our way of life.


RE: Why so surprised?
By superstition on 5/7/2012 12:59:50 AM , Rating: 1
Joe McCarthy is my hero, too.


RE: Why so surprised?
By frozentundra123456 on 5/4/2012 11:22:29 PM , Rating: 3
Our country was founded on religious principles and at least partially in the pursuit of religious freedom. So I dont think it is fair to say religion is a threat to national security. I agree that unbalanced people do destructive things in the name of religion, but others also do many good deeds as well.


RE: Why so surprised?
By corduroygt on 5/4/12, Rating: 0
RE: Why so surprised?
By frozentundra123456 on 5/5/12, Rating: -1
RE: Why so surprised?
By Jedi2155 on 5/5/2012 4:32:28 PM , Rating: 3
I think media publicized religions are a blight on society however most churches that are in your neighbor shy away from the media, and there are a lot of decent people in there. I would not call religion a blight on society, only the media.


RE: Why so surprised?
By FayKnaim on 5/5/2012 4:51:48 PM , Rating: 2
Did you mean Hitchens/Fry, instead of Dawkins/Fry ?


RE: Why so surprised?
By corduroygt on 5/6/2012 9:47:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yea got the mixed up sorry


RE: Why so surprised?
By superstition on 5/7/2012 1:08:37 AM , Rating: 2
"still captures the spirit of the constitution, which is designed to prevent governments into coercing their people to believe in something they don't want to."

Newdow


RE: Why so surprised?
By lennylim on 5/4/2012 6:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
Amen.


RE: Why so surprised?
By geddarkstorm on 5/5/2012 3:14:14 AM , Rating: 3
Not in the slightest. It is supposed to give a moral foundation to help people from going over a brink (albeit, there are different sorts of "religion", such as just "religiously doing something" as in a habit a person does even to the irrational, so by religion I mean the morality of believing in God).

The painful truth is humans can be destructive and self destructive. They can be sociopathic and homicidal. They can be ambitious manipulative bastards with no moral compass or redeeming qualities. That's the reality of humanity; some people are just innately that way. Religion has nothing to do with it, except for trying to suppress that darkness (e.g. social cohesion). Or at least that's what it's supposed to be doing.

But humans also tend to be rebellious on top of our other neuroses, so lashing out against religion blindly because of the moral guidance trying to restrict behavior is amusing, yet totally not surprising.

If you think it's religion that's leading the extremists in the middle east to do what they do, you have another thing coming. They are just following leaders with strong wills, and those folks could spout -anything- and the crazies would follow them anyways. Those mass suicide events (like the group that thought a UFO was hiding behind a comet to come take them away) in our own country should be ample example to show the desire of some segments of humanity to be controlled and told what to do--directed by a powerful will (charisma is nothing but this).

Until you can prove to me that loving your neighbor, caring for orphans and widows, loving kindness and humility are terrible ills endangering all our lives, your characterization of religion is nothing but irrational.

You want the real ill to fight? Focus on what makes certain kinds of people latch like leeches to folks with silver tongues, who then lead them into madness through whatever name/device they choose, be it religion, UFO nonsense, jingoism (Nazis, Stalinists, North Korea), conspiracy theories, or whatever else. That's your true target, start facing that reality like a man.


RE: Why so surprised?
By RedemptionAD on 5/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: Why so surprised?
By embedded_bill on 5/6/2012 2:20:09 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Religion *is* an infection.


Intolerance is the same seed of hatred that brought us racism and homophobia. It is unfortunate how prevalent it is on this site.

Some very intelligent and useful people in our society, far more intelligent and useful than you or I have different and competing (often if not always incorrect) views as advocates of various religions.

Shall we join together and banish them?


RE: Why so surprised?
By superstition on 5/7/2012 1:14:34 AM , Rating: 1
No, it's ignorance, not intolerance.

The word tolerance is misused so often. People only tolerate things that they consider bad. Since homosexuality isn't a disorder (Hooker's work was the first to show that there is no difference between heterosexual and homosexual men when it comes to mental health) and Eugenics has been debunked (taking away scientific/rational justifications for racism), there is no reason to tolerate homosexuals or people of different "racial groups" (in quotes because race is a rather anachronistic way to categorize people).

Ignorance is the problem. The ignorant mistreat homosexuals and people of other "races" due to mistaken beliefs/attitudes about them. Political opportunities take advantage of this ignorance for what they believe is gain (although, as bigotry is socially corrosive, it's illusory gain in the big picture).

No, we should not tolerate homosexuals and people of other races. We should appreciate them.


RE: Why so surprised?
By superstition on 5/7/2012 1:16:36 AM , Rating: 2
opportunists, rather


RE: Why so surprised?
By embedded_bill on 5/6/2012 2:24:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Religion *is* an infection.


Intolerance is the same seed of hatred that brought us racism and homophobia. It is unfortunate how prevalent it is on this site.

Some very intelligent and useful people in our society, far more intelligent and useful than you or I have different and competing (often if not always incorrect) views as advocates of various religions.

Shall we join together and banish them?


RE: Why so surprised?
By masamasa on 5/7/2012 11:15:45 AM , Rating: 2
No doubt! You don't even need to get infected by spyware. Visiting the site alone is enough of an infection!


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