The multiple waves of mass SQL injection attacks this year on Websites -- including many high-profile legitimate ones like Wal-Mart, Business Week, and Ralph Lauren Home -- helped boost Web-borne malware volumes by 278 percent in the first half of this year, according to a new report from ScanSafe.
More than half of the malware detected by the Web security-as-a-service provider came from legit Websites rather than from notoriously scary or sketchy ones. And many of these Web attacks are silent and so tough to detect that many site operators have no clue their sites are lethal, and users often get infected without ever knowing it, according to the report.
SQL injection is the attack method of choice, too. In June, 76 percent of Website compromises were due to SQL injection attacks, followed by PHP includes (12 percent), so-called long-tail attacks that are engineered with stolen FTP credentials (7 percent), and others (5 percent).
Most Web attacks try to install password-stealing malware and backdoor Trojans, which constituted about 4 percent of all malware detected by ScanSafe in January and, as of June, had climbed to 27 percent. Password stealers are often linked via IRC channels to the attacker, which then configures files that order what data the password stealer should grab.
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading