Thursday, November 13, 2008

Web-Borne Malware Targets Unexpected Industries

Neil Roiter writes on

The unprecedented barrage of Web-borne malware in 2008 is falling in very unexpected patterns, striking users in select -- and somewhat surprising -- verticals in far greater numbers than others.

A study, The Vertical Risk: Web-Delivered Malware Impact [.pdf] by Industry by ScanSafe Inc., analyzed how many times its Web security service blocked malware when users browsed compromised Web pages. The result showed the highest incidence in four startling verticals: energy and oil, pharmaceutical and chemical, engineering and construction, and transportation.

At the other extreme with the lowest incidence of blocking Web malware, were aviation and automotive, healthcare and insurance.

The question the research leaves unanswered is: "Why?"

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