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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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By borismkv on 5/7/2012 1:53:47 PM , Rating: 2
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Moreover, religious and ideological sites were found to have triple the average number of threats per infected site than adult/pornographic sites. 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.


Two things:
1. Religious/Ideological doesn't mean only religion. This can be anything from a church blog to an atheist non-profit. So religion isn't the sole source of this number. Bad Journalism at its finest, taking out words and meaning to fit an agenda. Thanks for trying to write propaganda, Tiffany...
2. The full list of the top 10 dangerous sites doesn't list Religion/Ideological as a category. The top ten are as follows:
1. Blogs/Web
Communications
2. Hosting/Personal
hosted sites
3. Business/economy
4. Computer & Internet
Shopping
5. Technology
6. Education/
Reference
7. Automotive
8. Entertainment
& Music
9. Health & Medicine
10. Pornography

This means that the religious/ideological sites that have infects are a smaller subset of other categories.

What this actually suggests is that hackers are trying to focus more on attacking people who visit religious and ideological pages more than people who surf for porn. Not that religious and ideological groups are packing their sites with malware. You seriously need to learn how to do research and not just take what's on the surface.




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