7 Reasons Websites Are No Longer SafeSeptember 9, 2009 – 1:31 PM
Conventional wisdom is that Web wanderers are safe as long as they avoid sites that serve up pornography, stock tips, games and the like. But according to recently gathered research from Boston-based IT security and control firm Sophos, sites we take for granted are not as secure as they appear.
Among the findings in Sophos’ threat report for the first six months of this year, 23,500 new infected Web pages — one every 3.6 seconds — were detected each day during that period. That’s four times worse than the same period last year, said Richard Wang, who manages the Boston lab. Many such infections were found on legitimate websites.
In a recent interview with CSOonline, Wang outlined seven primary reasons legitimate sites are becoming more dangerous.