14% of top search results 'lead to malware'Cyber criminals focusing on Web 2.0 and malware

09 February 2010

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Online searches for news trends and buzzwords are exposing Web users to malware risks, according to research by Websense Security Labs.

The research found that 14% of all Web searches for new buzzwords resulted in web sites that are loaded with malware – software including trojans and viruses designed to harm your PC.

The US internet security company claims that it has found that sites hosting malware have grown by 225% during the last half of 2009. The US firm says that it scans millions of websites and emails daily – and published the findings in its bi-annual State Of Internet Security report.

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It claims that cyber criminals are targeting search engine results, so that top search results take web users to malware sites. It also found that spammers are targeting social networking sites, and it reckons that 95% of user-generated comments on blogs, chat rooms and message boards is spam or links to malware.

Stolen passwords and credit card information

The main target for web attacks is essential information and data such as passwords and credit card information. More than half of all data-stealing attacks were conducted over the Web.

The online attacks have resulted in a rise in spam email. During the second half of 2009 almost 86 percent of all emails were spam and only slightly less emails (81 percent) contained a malicious link.

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