Symantec airs dirty Web sites in public


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The "dirtiest" 100 Web sites have an average of 18,000 threats, with 40 of them each exceeding 20,000, according to security vendor Symantec.

"Worst of the worst" sites detected by its Norton Safe Web service are plagued mostly by malware, followed by security risks and browser exploits, the company said Thursday in a statement.

In addition, 75 percent of the dirtiest Web sites have distributed malware for more than six months.

Nearly half (48 percent) are sites with adult content, but there are also subjects ranging from purchasing electronics to figure skating and deer hunting. Simply visiting such sites--not downloading files or clicking on links--could put a user at risk of system infection; and worse, one's identity, personal and financial information may even land in the hands of cybercriminals, Symantec warned.

Among the blacklisted was aladelnet, a U.S. site found to carry 56,371 threats, including the Downloader Trojan.

Several Chinese, and included in Symantec's sample list of dirtiest sites.

"This list underscores what our research shows--there has been exponential growth in the number of online threats that are constantly evolving as cybercriminals look for new ways to target your money, identity or assets," Rowan Trollope, Symantec's senior vice president for consumer business, said in the statement. "In 2008, most new infections occurred while people were surfing the Web."

By Vivian Yeo ZDNet Asia
It's good for these websites to come into the public view. Sadly, there are people out there that are just clueless enough to come across some of these by an innocent mistake.