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?
5/6/2012 2:20:09 PM
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?
5/7/2012 1:14:34 AM
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?
5/7/2012 1:16:36 AM
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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