August 21, 2009

Worst Virus Infected Websites Unveiled By Symantec

Symantec recently unveiled a list of 100 "worst of the worst" websites - nearly half of which used porn to lure people to pages that were filled with viruses.

The company's list of "Dirtiest Web Sites" included names of sites like firstsexyteeen, schoolbad, and cheatsarchive.

Video gamers often search online for "cheats" to help beat the games they are playing, or unlock more features in the game.

Although almost half of the websites on the list contained adult content, the remaining tainted online locales ran a gamut of topics like deer hunting, catering, figure skating, legal services, and retail electronics.

According to Symantec, people that visited the sites face risks of having their computers infected with malicious software that might take personal data or give cybercriminals control of machines.

"There has been exponential growth in the number of online threats that are constantly evolving as cybercriminals look for new ways to target your money, identity or assets," said Symantec consumer business unit senior vice president Rowan Trollope on Thursday.

"Armed with this information, consumers are empowered to make informed decisions about which sites to visit."

According to Trollrope, the sites that made Symantec's "dirtiest" list were crammed with "staggering" numbers of virus threats.


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