H1N1 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 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.