Symantec Names the 100 “Dirtiest” Websites
Symantec’s worst-of-the-worst list is the primarily based on the amount of threats uncovered by Norton Safe Web as of Aug 2009. It comes as no surprise that just about half the Dirtiest websites that feature adult content the rest of the list runs the gamut of subject material, including sites dedicated to deer hunting, catering, figure skating, legal services, and retail electronics.
“This list underlines what our research shows — there was exponential expansion in the quantity of online threats that are continually developing as cybercriminals look for new methods to target your money, identity or assets,” Symantec consumer business unit senior vice chairman Rowan Trollope claimed in a press release. Norton Safe Web provides visible ratings that allow consumers know about potential dangers before visiting a site.
equipped with this info, consumers are empowered to make informed choices about which sites to visit.
Spyware is the most typical threat represented on the Grimy list, followed by security hazards and browser exploits. To give a feeling of the size of the threat these sites pose : the average number of threats per evil site rated by Norton Safe Web is twenty-three the average number of threats on the Grimy website list is a stupefying 18,000 per site. While this list is most likely planned to bring attention to the daily battles security providers like Symantec face on a day by day basis ( and to encourage consumers to guard their systems by trying their products ), this list importantly draws attention to some terribly deadly sites from which web hosts ought to distance themselves.
Scandalous spam host McColo was taken offline late last year because of the efforts of do-gooders in the net community who pressured upstream providers to chop off possibly the planet’s largest source of spam at the time. It awaits to be seen if the hosts for the sites on this washing list will face a corresponding destiny.