Blogspot.com #1 Malware Source Says Sophos
Posted on July 23, 2008
A Sophos study has found that Blogspot.com is the biggest malware site on the Internet. CNET reports that the Sophos study says Blogger accounts for nearly 2% off all malware sites.
As for illegitimate sites, Sophos notes that Geocities and Blogger both make it easy for anyone to set up a Web site without much identification. Blogger, owned by Google, is particularly problematic, says Sophos, with the blog site alone accounting for nearly 2 percent of all malware hosts. I is not only possible for the Blogger sites to host malicious code, but criminal attackers can also inject links to malicious sites in the comments sections of the blogs.
In the past Google's Blogspot.com site has been blamed for being a big source of splogs. Malware is an even bigger problem than splogs. Google should eradicate this problem immediately - especially since there seems to be a malware infestation on its own blogging platform. Here's Google's response to the news according to CNET.
"Google takes the security of our users very seriously, and we work hard to protect them from malware. Using Blogger, or any Google product, to serve or host malware is a violation of our product policies. We actively work to detect and remove sites that serve malware from our network."
Hopefully the same thing that has happened to Blogspot.com won't happen to Knol - Google's recently launched challenge to Wikipedia.
And another Malware source according to Sophos - messages claiming to contain pictures of popular female celebrities.