Hidden Attacks in Websites – Beware!

January 22, 2009 — Leave a comment

If you’re selling into companies that host customer-facing websites, this will be important – any large company that offers online services for their customers is a major target according to recent studies published by Websense.  Consider what happens when customers find out that companies they are doing business with are infecting their PCs and stealing identity information….this can’t be good.  Here are the stats from the study released in Jan 09:

  • “Of the top 100 most popular sites on the web, 70 percent are either hosting malicious content or contain a hidden redirect”. 
  • There are more infected “Legitimate” sites than malicious sites masquerading as sites you’d want to visit.
  • Sites specifically targeted by these attacks include social engineering and search engine sites, so it is not only important to lock down corporate sites, but also to guard workers who undoubtedly frequent Face-Book-type-sites and other popular cyber hangouts during the work day.

SC Magazine has more on this at http://www.scmagazineus.com/Websense-Number-of-compromised-websites-at-all-time-high/article/126212/?DCMP=EMC-SCUS_Newswire

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