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Jimmy Edge | 20 Nov 2013 | 0 comments
This blog post is based on the ‘Knowledge is Power: Symantec Guide to Protecting your Website’ whitepaper which is free to download now.

In 2012 Symantec performed more than 1,400 website vulnerability scans each day. More than half the websites scanned were found to have unpatched, potentially exploitable vulnerabilities.

Of the vulnerable sites, a quarter were actually infected with malware that could infect visitors and lead to the sites being blacklisted by search engines. These figures show that millions of legitimate websites are at risk from serious attack and exploitation by internet criminals every day.

When malware does find its way onto a website it can attack in three ways; accessing the information held on a server, intercepting information passed between the website and its customers (unless the website uses an up to date...

Jimmy Edge | 14 Nov 2013 | 0 comments
This blog post is based on the new Symantec Website Security Solutions free white paper, The Power to Destroy: How Malware Works which pulls together statistics from across Symantec’s global security network. The white paper is available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.

If you own or run a website, did you know that the website itself could be the target of cyber criminals who can breach the site and use it as a tool to spread malware and infect your customers’ devices?

Certain weaknesses or vulnerabilities in your website, such as unpatched servers and cross-site scripting, can lead to security breaches which have been known to cost...

Brook R. Chelmo | 24 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

As you search, and surf online; from time to time you may well come across a warning from your browser saying the site contains malware or perhaps that the connection is untrusted.  A recent study from UC Berkeley and Google, called Alice in Warningland, indicates that many of us choose to ignore these warnings on a daily basis. So if you do encounter these warnings what should you do?  What do they mean?  Let me guide you quickly through these and give some solid advice for staying safe online. 


The Website Ahead Contains Malware (Chrome); Reported Attack Page (Firefox)

Response:  STOP! Do Not Proceed!

What this means:  The site or individual page has been infected with Malware. Malware is malicious software that can do a variety of things most of them bad so you...

Leelin Thye | 17 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

In the article “Google Flags Ad Network Isocket for Alleged Malware; Chrome Blocks TechCrunch, Cult of Mac, others (Updated)”,[1] a large number of popular sites using a prominent advertising network was affected when  their sites were blocked by Google on suspicion of containing malware. Regardless whether the action was a result of false positive reading or not, the financial impact to advertising networks and their client sites is high when users are unable to access the websites and see a “Danger: Malware Ahead!” warning.  Business is disrupted and brand reputation compromised.

On the other hand,...

Tim Callan | 03 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

Whole buncha headlines yesterday as Google pulled the plug on more than fifty Android apps for containing malware. Threatpost has a good writeup here, and Android Police has even more detail here and here. Existing writing on the subject has focused on the cleverness and skill of the trojan itself, along with...

Tim Callan | 29 Sep 2010 | 1 comment

As of posting time, a Google search of the phrase techcrunch crunchies yields as its first result a blacklisted result for the 2009 Crunchies award page ( The details page shows that on September 28 (yesterday) Google found malware distributed on this subdomain of TechCrunch.

This result gives you an opportunity to see how a real, blacklisted site looks on Google. If you do click on the link for (it's safe; don't worry) you'll go to a Google roadblock page that reads,

Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!
Return to the previous page and pick another result.
Try another search to find what you're looking for.
Or you can continue to at your own risk. For detailed information about the...

Tim Callan | 10 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

A new malware attack made the press yesterday by exploiting vulnerability in the Adobe Acrobat platform to circumvent Windows defenses. Like other recent attacks, this malware was signed using a compromised certificate. Symantec found out about this attack on Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday we contacted the customer to inform them of the compromised certificate and revoked the certificate.

The original blog entry that revealed the attack is here. The attack was covered in The Tech Herald here.

Tim Callan | 20 Jul 2010 | 0 comments

We made a big announcement today. We've added significant functionality to VeriSign SSL Certificates. VeriSign SSL users will be able to take advantage of our web site malware scanning and Seal-in-Search capabilities, just as users of the standalone VeriSign Trust Seal can.

Tim Callan | 23 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) just announced its Online Safety 2010 Honor Roll, on which only 8% of the 1200 analyzed companies made the list. The OTA evaluated these 1200 sites based on their usage of e-mail authentication standards, Extended Validation SSL Certificates, and the presence or absence of malware on their public-facing sites. OTA also reported that more than 26% of the Internet Retailer 500 and top 100 financial services companies have adopted EV SSL Certificates....