This is the type of headline I’m seeing across the Interweb at the moment:
This is supposedly based on a new report released by Internet security company Symantec and is bunkum.
The report actually states that by category the top infected websites are:
1. Blogs & Web communications
2. Hosting/Personal hosted sites
5. Education & Reference
6. Technology Computer & Internet
7. Entertainment & Music
9. Health & Medicine
The report then notes:
Moreover, religious and ideological sites were found to have triple the average number of threats per infected site than adult/pornographic sites. We hypothesize that this is because pornographic website owners already make money from the internet and, as a result, have a vested interest in keeping their sites malware-free – it’s not good for repeat business.
A couple of quick points.
The reports refers to “religious and ideological”, not just religious.
It is plainly obvious that religious and ideological websites are more likely to take the form of “Blogs & Web communications” which is the most infected category.
The information we are provided is that religious and ideological sites have three times the infection rate of the lowest category pornography, which really doesn’t tell us much at all.
So please do ignore the rather alarmist headlines, but if you are hosting a blog or website, ensure that you back-up regularly.
Tags: Internet & Technology