A recently released study conducted by Internet security firm, Symantec has enough content to baffle many. The study, to be precise has found religious or ideological websites to be more susceptible to malware, than adult or pornographic websites, and hence deciding on the malware vulnerabilities of the visitors to the websites belonging to the two categories. Better safe, than sorry (Image credit: Getty Images)

Better safe, than sorry (Image credit: Getty Images)

Symantec, in their annual report, titled – Internet Security Threat Report, have affirmed that websites that are categorized under “blogs/web communications” are more likely have malicious codes, with 19.8 percent of the total number of infected websites coming under this category, followed by “Hosting/Personal hosted sites” accommodating for 15.6 percent of the total number of affected websites. Pornographic websites on this list featured in the 10th position with 2.4 percent of all affected websites. In an attempt to gauge such a low pornography malware score, the report adds, “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.

Other categories featuring in Symantec’s list of Most frequently Exploited category of websites are Business/ Economy, which accounts for 10 percent, Shopping (7.7 percent), Education/ Reference (6.9 percent), Technology Computer & Internet (6.9 percent), Entertainment & Music (3.8 percent), Automotive (3.8 percent), Health & Medicine (2.7 percent). 

To read the entire report, click here

Publish date: May 4, 2012 6:17 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:11 pm

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