eSoft Notices Trend: Football, Hockey Seasons Off To Malicious Start On Web

When searching for "NHL all-time scoring leaders" in Google, half of the top 10 search results were compromised or malicious websites

October 12, 2009

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- eSoft, Inc., a leader in secure web filtering, announced today that as the American football and hockey seasons get underway and baseball heads into the playoffs, the company's Threat Prevention Team has noticed a startling increase in the number of compromised sports websites.

As reported in the company's ThreatCenter September 21st blog posting, "Google Users Targeted By New Malicious Websites" (, when searching for "nhl all-time scoring leaders" in Google, half of the top ten search results were compromised or malicious websites, which, when visited, caused the computers of visitors to be infected with information stealing viruses. eSoft highlighted that in the case of these search results, the dangerous payloads were only being shown when users clicked through from Google and not when visiting the sites directly.

More recently, on Friday, October 2nd, Google's Threat Prevention Team reported that the very popular Fox Sports website had been compromised and was being used to serve up malware to its 6 million monthly visitors. Within a few hours, the identified compromised pages were fixed, but as of Monday, October 5th, eSoft's Threat Prevention Team was still detecting hacked pages being used to serve up viruses to Fox Sports visitors. eSoft has notified Fox Sports of this, but until it is resolved, eSoft has marked the specific compromised machines in the Fox Sports network as "Compromised," a rating that will cause the site to be blocked for millions of end-users around the world.

About eSoft, Inc.

eSoft, Inc. ( is a leading secure web filtering company that provides comprehensive protection against both inappropriate and dangerous websites. eSoft's industry-leading SiteFilterĀ½ technology provides the most comprehensive secure web filtering solution available, providing real-time categorization and exploit detection of new websites and protection from Web 2.0 threats, phishing attacks, and malicious, infected and other undesirable websites. eSoft solutions protect millions of users in over 80 countries from the latest and most dangerous Internet threats.

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