One in 10 Web Pages Could Carry Spyware

By Brian Quinton

Dave’s Comments (Digital Marketing Tutorial Blog): This is an important subject that every Web surfer should be aware of. Read this DirectNewsline review of the Google report, “The Ghost in the Browser: Analysis of Web-based Malware”, to learn how you can protect yourself when surfing the ‘Net.

“Research by search giant Google has suggested that one in 10 Web pages is capable of activating malicious code and 16% may contain code that could infect a user’s PC. And they’re being aided in the spread of that malware by the demand-side pull of Web 2.0 content such as video and browser widgets.

Five Google researchers surveyed billions of sites to produce the report, titled “The Ghost in the Browser: Analysis of Web-based Malware” and did an intensive analysis of 4.5 million of those pages.

They found that about 450,000 of those Web pages were capable of performing “drive-by downloads”, installing malicious code automatically without a user’s knowledge or consent. Another 700,000 pages seemed to contain code that could impair or damage a PC or browser.”

Read the entire article on DirectNewsline.