40 Percent Malware Infections Through Search Engine Poisoning, Study Reveals

Search engine poisoning was the most popular malware vector in the first half of 2011, a new report has founded.

According to a report released by web security firm Blue Coat Systems, 40 percent of all the malware infections used search engines as their entry point. Also, search engines were the most requested web content during that time.

Social networking on the other hand, was the fifth most popular entry point for malware and third on the list of most requested web content.

Search engine and social networking are probably the two most popular things to do on the web that is why they are being targeted by hackers. Email and pornography were also popular entry points for malware infection.

"Web-based malware has become so dynamic that it is nearly impossible to protect every user from every new attack with traditional defences", said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president at Blue Coat Systems.

"With a unique comprehensive view of the Web ecosystem, Blue Coat Web security solutions can identify and track malware networks to proactively protect customers from new attacks that these networks attempt to launch." he added.

The report also revealed that Shnakule was the leading malware delivery network in the first half of 2011.