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Infected web pages reach almost 30,000 a day

Antony Savvas

There has been a further rise in web-based threats, with internet security software firm Sophos uncovering an average of 29,700 new infected web pages every day.

Around 80% of these pages were on hacked legitimate sites, revealed Sophos.

The top ten list of web-based malware threats in June
2007 were:

1.      Mal/Iframe            64.0%
2.      Mal/ObfJS            10.1%
3.      Troj/Psyme            3.8%
4.      Troj/Fujif               3.1%
5.      Troj/Decdec          2.7%
6.      VBS/Redlof           2.5%
7.      Mal/Packer            1.1%
8.      Troj/Ifradv             1.0%
9.      VBS/Haptime         1.0%
10.     Mal/Zlob               0.9%
          Others                   9.8%

Source: Sophos

Iframe works by injecting malicious code into web pages and accounts for nearly two thirds of the world's infected web pages. 

In June an Iframe attack on multiple Italian websites occurred, making headlines around the world. 

More than 10,000 web pages were infected, most of which were on legitimate but compromised websites hosted in Italy. 

Victim websites included Italian city councils, employment services and tourism sites. Most of the affected pages appear to be hosted by one of the largest ISPs in Italy.

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