Not surprisingly, malware infections are at an all-time high, but what's shocking is just how fast the infection rate has risen. According to antivirus vendor Sophos, the company says it detects one webpage containing malicious content every 5 seconds, a rate that represents a whopping 300 percent jump from 2007.
That breaks down to over 16,000 malicious sites each day, most of which are victims of SQL-injection attacks. One of the more common tricks entails using SQL-injection to place a dirty 1x1 pixel element on an infected page. And because many of the sites are legitimate, security vendors are having a tough time keeping up with blocking the sites.
There also exists a fair number of illegitimate sites, and Sophos claims Google-owned Blogger accounts for nearly 2 percent of all malware hosts, making it an unflattering number one offender.
Responding to the report, a spokesperson for Google said "Google takes the security of our users very seriously, and we work hard to protect them from malware. Using Blogger, or any Google product, to serve or host malware is a violation of our product policies. We actively work to detect and remove sites that serve malware from our network."
Whether you work in a large enterprise, small business, or are the network guru to your own home's PCs, the pressure to connect a new system right now can be overwhelming. To find out how you can head off trouble by hardening a new (or reloaded) system before it gets its first whiff of the Internet, join us after the jump.
You've seen the commercial and already know what brown can do for you, but you'll be red with rage if you fall for a new scam based on an old trick. On its website, UPS has posted a bulletin alerting customers that a fraudulent email claiming to be from UPS is making the rounds. The email implores recipients to open an attachment reportedly containing a waybill for the shipment to be picked up, but the only thing being picked up by doing so is a nasty virus.
Maximum PC readers know full well to leave attachments alone, but if you're a frequent UPS customer, these types of scams can catch you off guard, particularly since UPS does, on occasion, send out official notifications that may include attachments. If in doubt, UPS is asking its customers to contact customerservice at ups dot com.
Investor's Business Dailysays "Hackers always are on the lookout for the most vulnerable spot on your personal computers. These days, that weakest link might be your flash thumb drive." They're easy to exploit by malware and easy to lose. How do you cope with the security risks and potential data loss of the humble thumbdrive? Are you encrypting your thumbdrives?
For a closer look at thumbdrive security, and a chance to give us your tips, see us after the jump.
"At one point during the webinar, 'W00ts!' were heard emanating from the conference room as Harry, a renowned Team Fortress 2 fanboy, demonstrated how to properly tea-bag an opponent."
Most English teachers would have a field day with the above sentence, but with the exception of 'tea-bag,' the rest of the terms are now officially recognized. Perhaps Merriam-Webster is undergoing a mid-life crisis, or maybe as geeks we've leveled up our ability to affect the English language. Either way, a bevy of new terms are being added to the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, and many of them could be pulled straight out of any computer forum. Among the new terms are:
Not all the new words are technology terms, but many of them do reflect societal trends. "As soon as we see the word used without explanation or translation or gloss, we consider it a naturalized citizen of the English language," explained Peter Sokolowoski, an editor-at-large for Merriam Webster.
Find how how you can further influence Merriam-Webster after the jump.
StopBadware.org, using data from Google’s Safe Browsing initiative, analyzed over 200,000 websites that were engaged in badware behavior. The top two offenders on the list are China and the US. Their analysis found that a majority of the sites (52%) were based on a small number of Chinese networks. The U.S. accounted for 21% of infected sites however these were spread across a wide range of networks. It is interesting that in China 68% of the country’s infected sites are hosted on just three AS blocks versus the US, which has just 25% of it’s infected sites in it’s top three blocks. This just highlights the differences in the hosting spread.
Their research doesn’t specify a reason for this, however they “postulated that part of the reason for this could be the lack of economic incentives for Chinese hosting providers and site owners to inform their users of infected sites and/or to take action to clean or remove these sites.”
Fortunately, I go no where on the internet without my protection and a good dose of common sense.
Script kiddies, move over. Now there's a toolkit that can turn any executable file into a worm, and it's so easy "even a caveman could do it." Find out what makes this new malware creation kit so scary, where it might have originated - and why.
The Register.co.uk website ('Biting the hand that feeds IT') isn't just an industry gadfly: concealed beneath its British-accented snark is a lot of useful news – including this report about a new malware-creation tool that's point-and-click easy.
Set a new world's record by downloading Firefox 3 today, find out how a malware scanner can be a website administrator's WFF (worst friend forever), and discover how to turn a PlayStation Portable into a Google-enabled search tool.
Today (June 17) is the official Firefox 3 Download Day, and you can help set a new world's record for the most software downloaded in a single day by pledging to download it...Firefox is pulling out all the stops to spread the word, including social network sites, website buttons, and much more.