Google was Crowned 'King of Malware' in Analysis

Googles strength and popularity on the internet play parts in crowing the search company as the "king of malware" by security company Barracuda Networks.

Barracuda Networks analyzed 25,000 trending topics over 5.5 million search results and found that Google accounted for 69 percent of all malware found. Yahoo accounted for 18 percent, while Bing (which supplies Yahoo search) had 12 percent. Twitter made up the remaining 1 percent.

The distribution could be partially attributed to the popularity of the search engines. According to comScore, 62.6 percent of all U.S. search traffic is from Google, 18.9 percent is from Yahoo and 12.7 percent is from Bing.

Google is also the quickest search engine in picking up new trend topics from Twitter, taking only 1.2 days to be indexed by the search engine. It takes 4.3 days on Bing and 4.8 days on Yahoo.

(Source: PC World.)

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  • Camikazi
    OK, so the top search engine gives access to the most malware, seems logical to me really. Just shows you can't be an idiot and just click whatever website pops up on Google (or Bing or Yahoo), gotta protect yourself and make sure before you go to unknown sites.
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  • Anonymous
    in other news, a study finds the majority of traffic accidents involves cars.....
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  • fayzaan
    etrnl_frostIn other news, Windows is less secure than other OS's!


    I disagree. Apple is far less secure, just no one wants to hack it :D
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  • Camikazi
    OK, so the top search engine gives access to the most malware, seems logical to me really. Just shows you can't be an idiot and just click whatever website pops up on Google (or Bing or Yahoo), gotta protect yourself and make sure before you go to unknown sites.
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  • casperstouch
    This sounds to me like a self-fulfilling prophecy. People use google more often therefore more people get malware from it. But what is the percentage of using it and getting malware, if you use any of them and search for the same thing?
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  • Dirtman73
    I keep tellin yall that Skynet is a force for evil, but yall dont wanna listen!

    Get off my lawn!!!
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