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IBM and Google analysis of organised crime hitting Web browsers confirmed

Security firm Finjan has confirmed the findings presented in a recent Google online security blog (opens in new tab) post and IBM's X-Force (opens in new tab) report.

Online criminals are waging a highly sophisticated war by exploiting vulnerabilities in end users Web browsers using drive-by downloads.

“Google Anti-Malware Team has indicated that more than three million unique URLs on over 180,000 websites were victimized by automatically installed malware. IBM has reported that criminals are now turning their attention to directly attacking Web browsers in order to steal identities, gain access to online accounts and other illicit revenue-generating activities," said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, CTO with Finjan.

"As reported in our third and fourth quarter trend reports of 2006 as well as our 2007and 2008 trend reports, our research teams already identified at that time the trend that more and more criminal elements of hackerdom were using these techniques with a great success," he added.

Google’s team also reported that on average 2% of malicious websites were delivering malware via advertising.

According to Ben-Itzhak, Internet users - both business users and individuals - should use additional security technologies that can identify malware by its intended behaviour – in other words: what it does.

Solely relying on signatures that only scan what Web content looks like, or on URL filtering that checks where Web content came from, is risky.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.