Blogspot.com is number one host for malware

Popular blogging website tops list of malware hosts based on new research into cybercrime.

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  July 28, 2008

New research by IT security and control firm Sophos has identified Blogger (www.blogspot.com) as the leading host for malware. The popular blogging service now accounts for 2 percent of all of the world's malware hosted on the web.

Attacks on Blogger involve hackers either setting up malicious blogs on the service, or introducing dangerous content into innocent blogs in the form of comments.

The Sophos Security Threat Report, examining cybercrime in the first six months of 2008, noticed a drastic increase in threats spread through the web. It is estimated that the total number of unique malware samples in existence now exceeds 11 million.

Research by Sophos showed a website infection rate three times faster in the first half of this year compared to 2007. Over 90 percent of webpages that spread Trojan horses and spyware were found to be legitimate websites belonging to reputable companies such as Sony PlayStation.

For more information on security trends and to download the report, please click here.

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