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A twelfth of all web sites contain inappropriate content

Webroot Software : 29 September, 2009  (Technical Article)
Webroot white paper explains the changing face of web threats as social networking and URL shortening tools are increasingly being used for delivering malware
Webroot claims the evolution of malware to be within the highly populated areas of the Internet, such as social networking sites, as it reveals that 1 in 12 web page addresses now contain inappropriate content .

In line with these findings, Webroot announces the availability of a White Paper on the changing nature of web security threats. The White Paper entitled 'How bad are the bad guys? The changing nature of Web security threats' considers the way in which web-based attacks are evolving, to target mobile users and take advantage of all forms of remote access.

Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer, Webroot said, "Recent findings from the Webroot Threat Research Centre indicate a clear growth in the level of threats being distributed via the Internet. The findings reveal that 1 in 12 web page addresses have been indicated as containing inappropriate content, and have therefore been blocked or questioned. On a positive note, the increase in blocked content indicates a raised awareness within organisations to utilise technology to block content that is not appropriate for the office environment.

He continues, "However, we have seen a substantial rise in malware targeted at social networking sites, such as Koobface, the computer worm which has evolved to steal personal data from the end user, and in malware embedded into shortened URL addresses such as bit.ly and Tiny URLs, commonly seen on Twitter. We predict that this form of legal obfuscation will be the driving force behind the next wave of attacks and recommend the end user become educated on the types of threat."

To provide further information on web-based security threats, such as viruses, spam, and spyware and how they are evolving, plus comprehensive advice on security solutions and security procedures and policies, the White Paper can be found on the Webroot web site.

Jon Collins, Managing Director, Freeform Dynamics said, "Information technology is a two-edged sword, as every innovation - from social networking to Virtualisation and Cloud Computing - can be employed for good or ill. Given that Web-based threats continue to evolve and become more targeted, there's no room for complacency when it comes to implementing the right level of protection, which needs to balance policies and processes with technologies that are appropriate to the organisation and its working practices."

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