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Safety in porn sites

2012-05-04 18:22:12.230853+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

The headlines are screaming that Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Analysis of Website Categories Exploited to Deliver Malicious Code says that religious web sites are far more likely to try to infect your computer than porn sites, but it's worth looking a little bit at what and why and how the infections are spreading...

Interestingly, pornographic Web sites were not exploited much overall, accounting for 2.4% of all infected Web sites; however, infected pornographic Web sites were found to host a greater number of threats than other categories (except for Religion/Ideologies and Hosting/Personal Hosted Sites – see below). Ranked in third position in figure A16, approximately 25 threats were identified on each infected pornographic Web site, with 44% of these threats being identified as Trojans.

[ related topics: Religion Erotic Sexual Culture virus Net Culture ]

comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2012-05-07 15:45:31.430792+00 by: m

Shocking, simply shocking, that such god fearing people should be guilty of spreading malware around the Internet. Perhaps they should practice abstinence.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-05-06 14:07:56.573865+00 by: meuon

"compromised Wordpress install" - Isn't that redundant? I monitor enough dark mailing lists to think WordPress was created/promoted by the dark side, just support the cause.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-05-05 14:21:42.468856+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I also wonder how many of those church sites are compromised Wordpress installs. It'd be nice to have some other correlates with which to slice the data.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-05-04 23:25:21.362895+00 by: markd

Not too surprising. I'm sure a great number of Church websites are done by kids, or by semi-non- technical parishioners (oooh FrontPage), and so would be open to all sorts of exploits. Porn sites I imagine are typically run by folks who at least have some clue on locking things up.