UK websites ridden with malwareIncreasing proportion of malware on UK websites

17 December 2008

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Hot on the heels of the Internet Explorer security scare, security expert Sophos has revealed that an increasing proportion of web malware is found on UK websites.

In its 2009 security report SophosLabs reveals that there's a new infected webpage worldwide every 4.5 seconds. The proportion of infected UK web pages has doubled from 0.8% in 2007 to 1.7% in November 2008.

“The fact that it [the UK] responsible for an increasing percentage of infected sites is worrying news,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos. “With web threats still on the rise, not only must website owners take a proactive approach to securing their sites, but all users browsing the internet should also take steps to protect themselves.”

With news of the latest Internet Explorer threat it is sound advice for consumers. Microsoft is expected to release a fix at eight o’clock this evening. Computer users should watch out for security pop-ups on their computer or alternatively can visit the Microsoft Update site.

You should also ensure that you have adequate anti-virus and firewall protection. For details of recommended security software read our review of over 30 security programs here.

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