Malware exploding on web, says Sophos


The amount of malware detected on the internet saw a significant rise during the first half of the year, according to a new report.

About 29,700 new web pages were infected every day in June alone, compared with about 5,000 a day earlier in the year, security firm Sophos has revealed in its Security Threat Report publication.

Nearly a fifth of infected pages were found to be set up by spammers, while 80 per cent of sites containing malicious code were genuine websites that had been targeted by hackers.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, said that the findings prompt the question of why web hosts are failing to keep their servers adequately secure.

'Web hosts that are currently not behaving responsibly must bite the bullet and take better care of their sites,' he commented, adding that the fact hackers are also targeting Apache servers, which are mainly hosted on Unix platforms, 'will be a wake-up call for some to see that malware is not just a Microsoft problem'.

Last week, Sophos revealed that the country responsible for the biggest proportion of spam sent during the second quarter of 2007 was the US, followed by China and South Korea. The UK was ranked in tenth place.ADNFCR-8000120-ID-18223364-ADNFCR