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Computerworld UK

Online advertising hosts 80% of all instances of malicious code,
security experts have warned.

An analysis of more than 10 million unique URLs, based on live web
traffic recorded in the UK by security firm Finjan, found that hackers
are increasingly targeting advertising...

Malicious code was just as likely to be accessed through legitimate
commercial websites as through disreputable sites, such as those with
adult content or illegal downloads, Finjan warned.

The report also highlights a continuing evolution in the complexity of
attacks, particularly the increasing use of randomization techniques to
conceal malicious code. More than 80% of the malicious code detected by
Finjan was hidden in this way, making it virtually invisible to pattern-
matching or signature-based anti-virus products.

Finjan chief technology officer Yuval Ben-Itzhak said: “The fact that
malicious code is just as likely to be found in legitimate categories
as in questionable categories means that security products that rely
solely on URL categories to block access to malicious sites are no
longer effective.”

The research also uncovered a new trend for hackers to bury malicious
code on web pages served by automatic translation services, such as
those offered by search engines...
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..According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the
organized nature, rapid growth and severity of cybercrime has moved it
to their number three priority behind only counter-terrorism and
counter-intelligence. Webroot research, using its PhileasTM automated
spyware research system, has discovered that 1.7 percent (4.2 million)
of 250 million URLs around the world harbor malware. Almost 3 million
of those malicious sites were discovered in 2006 alone.

“Our research has shown that the methods of infection, which just a
short time ago were considered incredibly advanced, are now
commonplace, demonstrating how quickly today’s threats are evolving
into a global security concern,” said Peter Watkins, CEO, Webroot
Software, Inc...

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