Users browsing the Internet face an average of 108,035 cyber-attacks per hour – or 1800 a minute. In total, cybercriminals used 4,073,646 domains to launch web attacks in 2011. These statistics were generated using the KSN cloud threat monitoring system based on last year’s results.
The Internet has become indispensable in our everyday life: we work on the web, shop online, use Internet banking services, communicate with friends and play online games. However, the Internet is the main entry point for malware on any computer. And increasingly it is entertainment sites, rather than ‘adult’ resources, which carry the greatest risks of potential infection.
Kaspersky Lab analyzed the resources which housed the most malicious links and found that entertainment websites with video content were the most dangerous 31% of malicious links. Search engines came second occasionally users follow malicious links directly from the results pages returned by major search systems 22% of links are potentially dangerous. Social networks are slightly behind on 21%. Sites with adult content and advertising networks came fourth and fifth respectively.
“Cybercriminals actively use different kinds of legitimate sites to distribute their ‘creations’. To do this they set up pages on social networks to lure their victims, distribute spam in personal messages and actively comment on popular videos and similar postings, including links to malware in their messages,” explains Yury Namestnikov, Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab.