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May 25, 2012 4:37:12 PM

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/201...

There is an STD joke in here somewhere.....

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As with herpes, one of the peripheral embarrassments of contracting a computer virus is that everyone has a pretty good idea of what you were up to when you got it. Oh sure, it’s possible you just chastely pecked a misleading email link. But odds are you picked it up because you were dallying on one of those shady, fly-by-night websites that people visit when they’re seeking fulfillment. You know—religious sites.

What’s that? Church blogs and Christian youth forums aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of scareware, malware, worms, and Trojan horses? They should be. In its latest annual Internet security threat report, Symantec, the maker of Norton AntiVirus software, found that “religious and ideological sites” have far surpassed pornographic websites as targets for criminal hackers. According to the company you’re now three times as likely to encounter malware—insidious software that can steal your data, pelt you with spam, or enslave your machine in a botnet—on your local church blog as you are on a porn site.

The explanation is straightforward: The entrepreneurs who run adult websites are old hands at Web security, and they’ve long since learned to use protection. Those who build and host church websites, by contrast, may have the best intentions, but they tend to be naive and inexperienced. For hackers, that makes them easy prey.

Take Stephen Morrissey, a Pittsburgh-area e-commerce architect who moonlights as a Web developer for churches looking to establish an online presence. He admits he didn’t have the first clue about Web security when he volunteered to build a website for his mother’s small church in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. three years ago. He had designed simple, static Web pages before, but for the church he used a popular, freely available scripting language called PHP to add a few interactive elements.

Three months after the site went live, Morrissey took a glance at its Web traffic numbers and saw they had dropped off a ledge. Trying to visit the site himself, he found the path blocked by Google, which had posted an alert marking it as malicious. Scanning his code, he ran across a snippet he hadn’t put there and didn’t understand. “It was a bunch of gobbledygook,” he recalls. He immediately took the site offline and reported the intrusion to Symantec. He never did find out just what type of malware had been installed there. And luckily, the Google warning seems to have scared off most of the parishioners before their machines could be infected.
May 26, 2012 6:19:30 AM

'Religious' sites are possibly as popular as porn...at least a majority of the world visits them, even trolls. I can see why this is the way it is...the site owners never thought that malicious software would upload itself on their website, only to find out that letting your guard down leads to the future download of malware to the visitors. I acutually hate the fact that people do not at least place an antimalware system on their unit at all! They wonder why their computer has gotten slow in the last 3 weeks, why there is emails form pen!s companies, and flashy cursors to customize...alongside the guy in Siberia who is watching your every key stroke...

must stop. This will turn into a slippery slope. Heck, if the porn industry has been taking this crap, the religious systems will take the same strides to rid malware to their best potential...
May 26, 2012 8:00:02 AM

In Saudi Arabia, the main source of malware is infected thumb drives.
May 26, 2012 4:19:21 PM

Kinda like floppy disks back in the 80's and 90's right?
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