One in 12 websites contains inappropriate content as social networking sites hit by malware

One in 12 web pages now contain inappropriate content.

A whitepaper by Webroot on the changing nature of web security threats considers the way in which web-based attacks are evolving, to target mobile users and take advantage of all forms of remote access.

Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer at Webroot, said: “Recent findings from the Webroot Threat Research Centre indicate a clear growth in the level of threats being distributed via the internet. The findings reveal that one in 12 web page addresses have been indicated as containing inappropriate content, and have therefore been blocked or questioned.”

He also predicted that following a substantial rise in malware targeted at social networking sites, this form of attack will be the driving force behind the next wave of attacks, and recommended that the end-user become educated on the types of threat.

Jon Collins, managing director of Freeform Dynamics, said: “Information technology is a two-edged sword, as every innovation – from social networking to virtualisation and cloud computing – can be employed for good or ill.

“Given that web-based threats continue to evolve and become more targeted, there's no room for complacency when it comes to implementing the right level of protection, which needs to balance policies and processes with technologies that are appropriate to the organisation and its working practices.”

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