Symantec: Religious Websites More Likely to Infect Computers Than Porn Sites
May 4, 2012 5:08 PM
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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.
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RE: Why so surprised?
5/5/2012 3:14:14 AM
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.
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