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Here’s some rather alarming news. See, a lot of folks think that they’re safe if they simply avoid questionable websites. Staying away from suspect domain names, pornography, all the nasty stuff that exists on the underbelly of the internet. Trouble is…that’s not exactly the case anymore. Apparently, over eight million web pages have been hijacked this summer alone; set up to load malware onto the computer of unsuspecting visitors. It’s not a particularly pleasant story, and it might even sound like fearmongering.
Honestly? I wish it was.
According to research by web security firm Armorize, this latest epidemic is just part of a larger trend that’s been sweeping the internet, a new style of hacking that targets individual websites instead of the users who browse them- though the users are, ultimately, still the end target. ”The misuse of small sites is making the Internet a much more dangerous place” said a lab analyst from Avast. “Even the unimportant sites can do big harm when misused.”
Even worse? Apparently it’s all traceable to a single criminal gang, situated somewhere in the Ukraine. This gang is using computer servers to hack legitimate websites, transforming them into zombie sites that exist only to deliver ‘drive by downloads’ to users who are visiting the site. You’ve probably already figured out that a ‘drive by download’ isn’t the sort of download you want to be involved in. I’ll give you an idea of just how unpleasant the whole process is.
Hopefully this helps you out. No one wants to use something that is slower than it has to be.