Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Virus 'spray gun' websites: the risk of infection lurks everywhere

Website operators are sluggish about dealing with malware infections

Beware the risk of infection: malware programs do not just lurk in the darker recesses of the Internet. German security software manufacturer G Data is paying careful attention to the trend in malware that can automatically install itself via 'drive-by download' without the user noticing - and that is being found more and more frequently on reputable websites. So how are the operators of the websites concerned responding? G Data put this to the test and contacted providers whose webservers have been distributing massive quantities of malware. The controversial conclusion: 45 percent of webmasters took several weeks to remove their malware 'spray guns' from the Internet - if they did at all.

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