More Malware Found on Church Websites

  1. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    By Will Oremus|Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012,

    When it comes to computer viruses, youre now more likely to catch one visiting a church website than surfing for porn.
    Symantec, the maker of Norton AntiVirus software, found that religious and ideological sites have far surpassed pornographic websites as targets for criminal hackers. According to the company you're now three times as likely to encounter malware insidious software that can steal your data, pelt you with spam, or enslave your machine in a botnet on your local church blog as you are on a porn site. … ites_.html
    Maybe they are too trusting and beleive God will protect their site?

  2. jacharless profile image80
    jacharlessposted 5 years ago

    lol. Hacking Jesus!

    No, really, the thing is, most websites are "on-the-grid"/shared servers, and do not have the funding or knowledge for better web security. Malware/Spyware in most cases is not fatal to the browser or machine that opens that browser to view a site. Mal/Spy are usually Advert manipulation/Info harvesting sprites.

    However, Malware is often a distraction from an actual hack -meaning pages have been maliciously injected with additional codes/scripts, to either overtake the website else be destructive. In that case more than prayer is necessary. Porn and Entertainment sites live for malware in any form, so webmasters can reap the PPC/PPI values.

    All-in-all, sites of a more candid nature -like freelance eduction, philosophy, adult, theistic and scientific would be very vulnerable/easy pickings for hacks, but then again, so is Twitter -which has one of the lowest security systems of any major traffic site out there. Crickets!

    Best approach to fighting malware is to find out what other domains share that grid location on the server and have the hosting company move the website, else apply stronger "s" measures and less "open directories"/crawl access {and for the love of sunshine, stop using these OOB [Out Of Box] CMS [Client Management Systems] sites like Wordpress, Dolphin Social, Wix, Tumblr, etc. which have massive security holes}. 90% of OOB sites do not even know they are infected.