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04 June 2009, 12:18

Google statistics reveal top 10 malware sites

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Google has published statistics on the top 10 malware source sites from its scans over the last two months. These are sites which host malware that is delivered to users by infecting legitimate sites to re-direct their browser to one of the malware source sites. Attackers then use various exploits in Internet Explorer, Firefox and QuickTime to infect the victims system with malware.

Google's graph also shows the number of legitimate websites which have been compromised to link to each one of the top ten malware sites. The most active domain in mid-May was with approximately 60,000 compromised sites. was the second most active domain and peaked at just over 35,000 compromised sites. The massive hack attacks seen last week saw the domain, a domain named with intentional similarity to Google's free Analytics service, play a central role in manipulating over twenty thousand legitimate websites. Six of the top ten sites shown are hosted using the Chinese .cn top level domain (TLD). Out of over 4,000 sites observed by Google that appear to be set up for distributing malware, more than 1,400 of them are hosted in the .cn TLD.

Google recommends that users choose a web browser that includes their Safe Browsing API, such as Firefox or Chrome, to protect themselves from Phishing and other online attacks. Google also warns that some search results can lead to compromised sites.

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