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Symantec Lists 100 ''Dirtiest'' Websites

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Yesterday Symantec revealed the top 100 Dirtiest Websites of Summer 2009, or rather the "worst of the worst," generating its list from the number of threats Norton Safe Web has detected as of August 2009. According to the report, 48-percent of those websites listed are adult-based, consisting of malware, browser exploits and security risks. However the list also includes websites focusing on other content such as deer hunting, catering, figure skating, legal services, and buying electronics.

"Simply clicking through to a site with these threats could put you at risk of exposing your computer to infection, and worse, put your identity, personal and financial information into the hands of cybercriminals," the company said.

Symantec provided thirty samples including aladel.net, an American-based site offering a whopping 56,371 threats including the Downloader trojan. Sportsmanclub.net, also based in the U.S., racked up 8,768 threats while U.S.-based purplehoodie.com listed 8,743 threats, also using the Downloader trojan.

"This list underscores what our research shows -- there has been exponential growth in the number of online threats that are constantly evolving as cybercriminals look for new ways to target your money, identity, or assets. In 2008, most new infections occurred while people were surfing the Web(1)," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. "Norton Safe Web provides visual ratings that let consumers know about potential risks before visiting a site. Armed with this information, consumers are empowered to make informed decisions about which sites to visit."

Symantec goes on to state that the average number of threats per malicious site rated by Norton Safe Web is 23; for the sites listed on the Dirtiest Websites list, the average is a whopping 18,000 per site. To throw in more confusing numbers, the average is more than 20,000 per site for the list's nastiest destinations, the Top 40.

"Being dirty is nothing new for 75 percent of sites on the list, which have distributed malware for more than six months," the company said.

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    unlicensedhitman , August 21, 2009 3:16 AM
    Where's the dam list? I only clicked on this article to see the list!
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    tacoslave , August 21, 2009 6:47 AM
    Am I the only one who immediately thought this was a porn related article? The title practically read " 100 greates porn sites" ughghgh.
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    maigo , August 21, 2009 3:11 AM
    They don't post the whole list, but a few 'bad' ones.
    I went to a few of them, other than lack of content, I feel fi%$#aw3lnasfdoi!@#%ndfae43^@dcv3^!Jv12c34cJF!435123v
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    unlicensedhitman , August 21, 2009 3:16 AM
    Where's the dam list? I only clicked on this article to see the list!
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    dingumf , August 21, 2009 4:59 AM
    The hell is this where the list. I want to test my anti virus software to the limit!
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    xc0mmiex , August 21, 2009 5:00 AM
    lol, just the names of the websites make them look really sketchy
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    DjEaZy , August 21, 2009 5:34 AM
    ... one of the bad anti-virus companies talks about dirty sites... hmmm...
    http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
    ... maybe there is a time for TOM's to do a review or comparison, a test, benchmark with the many antiviruses out there... that would be an interesting article...
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    IronRyan21 , August 21, 2009 5:35 AM
    Now everyones gonna go check these sites out....
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    ColliSions , August 21, 2009 5:36 AM
    After all my years I think www.serials.ws is the worst
  • 12 Hide
    tacoslave , August 21, 2009 6:47 AM
    Am I the only one who immediately thought this was a porn related article? The title practically read " 100 greates porn sites" ughghgh.
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    cruiseoveride , August 21, 2009 6:58 AM
    Heh, i use Linux
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 9:14 AM
    Hmmm. They better have www.symantec.com on there, lol.
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    awaken688 , August 21, 2009 10:42 AM
    So, can Tom's go visit the top 100 and report back on the virus software that protected the best. Obviously, Norton's app will protect against the "listed threats" here, since they created the list, but it would be interesting to see how AVG, Avast, Avira, etc... stack up.
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    Onus , August 21, 2009 11:26 AM
    When they say some of these have been up for years, what I don't get is why an investigation hasn't been done into the owners / operators of the dirty sites. Innocent until proven guilty, if the latter they should be executed, preferably as they hear a loud buzzer and see "GAME OVER" in lights.
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    leafblower29 , August 21, 2009 11:50 AM
    cruiseoverideHeh, i use Linux


    I used ubuntu for a week and it got a bunch of viruses.
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    maigo , August 21, 2009 11:52 AM
    With the new "Not Internet Explorer" you can go to any of those sites
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    Titanius , August 21, 2009 12:24 PM
    That's why I use Firefox 3.5.2 with the Adblock Plus and NoScript extensions. There is no way that threats, like these sites have, can be downloaded on my computer with that winning combination.
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    crom , August 21, 2009 1:36 PM
    Using IE on the web is like bringing your child to a pedophile convention with a 'take me' sign on their chest.

    Firefox + Adblock Plus and NoScript or the sandboxed mode in Chrome are the safest ways to surf currently.
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    zak_mckraken , August 21, 2009 1:44 PM
    "Yes honey... I assure you I caught that virus on a figure-skating website!"

    That's a new handy trick!
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    warezme , August 21, 2009 1:53 PM
    Uh, yes we know who they are..., why not shut them down?
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    Uncle Meat , August 21, 2009 2:23 PM
    tacoslaveAm I the only one who immediately thought this was a porn related article? The title practically read " 100 greates porn sites" ughghgh.


    The only reason I read this article is because I thought there would be links to stuff with animals and midgets.
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    eyemaster , August 21, 2009 2:30 PM
    DjEaZy... one of the bad anti-virus companies talks about dirty sites... hmmm... http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/... maybe there is a time for TOM's to do a review or comparison, a test, benchmark with the many antiviruses out there... that would be an interesting article...


    Even if they aren't the best, doesn't mean they don't know about security.
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