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We’re Now Officially Mac People

Posted By Ruby Elizabeth Lee On Jan 27, 2010 @ 9:48 am In News,Sci/Tech | Comments Disabled

virusH1N1 [1] isn’t the only virus you have to worry about catching these days. According to a new report by a Palo Alto security startup, the number of Web pages infected [2] with malware has doubled in the last few months. Time to put on your metaphorical face masks folks, this is an epidemic.

Much like toilet handles, Web-based infections have proven a highly effective form of virus distribution and backward internet criminals (still piggybacking on e-mail attachments? tisk, tisk) are just catching on. Over 5.5 million pages have already been infected.

This new form of virus inoculation—the “drive-by download”—is mainly targeting larger sites, so if you think just steering clear of smaller, sketchy sites will keep you virus-free, think again. Sites for Fox Sports and even (gasp!) the New York Times have been past carriers.

Mac Book Pro: $1200. Norton 360: $79.99. Knowing that a virus won’t strike at 3 a. m. when you’re procrastinating working on your essay: priceless.

Image Source: Quiplash! [3] under Creative Commons
Malware infections double on Web pages [SF Gate [2]]

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[1] H1N1: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/09/09/swine-fluuuu/

[2] Web pages infected: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/26/BU211BN9KF.DTL&type=printable

[3] Quiplash!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiplash/61309174/

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