A new study by Google covering 4.5 million pages, titled â€œThe Ghost In The Browserâ€, reveals that 10% of web pages are capable of activating malicious codes and 16% are suspected to contain codes that might be a threat to computers.
“To entice users to install malware, adversaries employ social engineering. The user is presented with links that promise access to ‘interesting’ pages with explicit pornographic content, copyrighted software or media. A common example are sites that display thumbnails to adult videos,” said Niels Provos, Google researcher.
In response to this emerging threat, Google already created a system alert stating “this site may harm your computer” for all identified harmful Web sites. Although this action cannot arrest this problem, it helps minimize the number of users affected by these malicious codes.
Originally posted on May 13, 2007 @ 9:28 am