Updated Security Threat Report from SophosLabs

Today we published our updated threat report which provides a summary of the threat landscape over the past 6 months.

As we have documented on this blog over the past few months, the shift in malware has been very much towards web-based threats. We are currently adding over 29,000 new webpages every day. 80% of them are compromised sites, perfectly legitmate in their content, other than the fact they have been hacked and are now hosting malware.

To put this into perspective, we took a closer look at some of the sites hosted in the UK that were found to be infected yesterday.

These included :

*A dog breeder website with a forum allowing people to upload their dog-related thoughts and pictures – Infected with Mal/IFrame
*A Suffolk-based antique store infected with a virus that is a few years old now, suggesting that there is no anti-virus running on the web server
*An interactive forum for fans of a popular British TV comedy show infected with Mal/IFrame
*A Bristol-based artist selling art and announcing exhibitions is infected with Mal/IFrame
*A photo website in Cumbria infected with Mal/ObfJS

This small selection shows that productivity filtering of URLs won’t necessarily help protect against web based threats and it is becoming increasingly crucial that anyone hosting a website must ensure that it is kept up to date with the latest security patches and regularly scanned for malware.