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Most Popular Internet Sites Consistently Serving Up Malware

Study of Alexa's top 25,000 sites finds 58 serving drive-by downloads of malicious code

Some of the Internet's oldest and most popular websites are being used to deliver malware, a new study says.

According to a new malware report issued last week by Barracuda Labs, 58 of the sites listed among Alexa's top 25,000 most popular websites are delivering drive-by downloads of malicious code, potentially affecting millions of users each day.

"Alexa top-ranked domains served malicious content 23 (or 79 percent) of the days in February," the report says." That means this problem is not isolated and occurs on a continuous, regular basis."

While some users believe that older, more established sites are safer than their newer counterparts, Barracuda's research disproved this idea.

"Over 97 percent of sites that served visitors malicious content were at least one year old; over half were on sites more than five years old," the study says. "That means attackers use well-established, long-lived Websites for their drive-by download campaigns."

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DHAUSER201
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4/3/2012 | 8:01:05 PM
re: Most Popular Internet Sites Consistently Serving Up Malware
And having now gone to the website I am still underwhelmed.--------- http://www.barracudalabs.com/g...
DHAUSER201
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4/3/2012 | 7:58:15 PM
re: Most Popular Internet Sites Consistently Serving Up Malware
The title of this article had me believing that it might-contain some good insight to warn my user community with. Without specific information though this is pretty much useless data. 58 of 25,000 so roughly 2 tenths of a percent in raw numbers--excuse me if I am initially underwhelmed. Without a link to the report or specific site names this article could easily be titled; "Correlation between the-internet and malware".
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4/3/2012 | 4:21:38 PM
re: Most Popular Internet Sites Consistently Serving Up Malware
infographic with sitenames at http://barracudalabs.com/goods...-and .xls at
http://www.barracudalabs.com/w...- (ferreted from baracuda site)
rgilchriest941
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4/3/2012 | 2:25:27 PM
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So why don't you provide a link to the research report?- OR at least list the websites that have been compromised?
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