Some 8 million web pages, published mostly by smaller merchants and
professional firms, have been hijacked this summer and set up to usurp
control of the PCs of unsuspecting site visitors.
That's the latest development in a new style of
hacking sweeping across the Web, according to research by website
security firm Armorize.
"The misuse of numerous small sites is making the
Internet a much more dangerous place," says Alena Varkockova, lab
analyst at antivirus firm Avast. "Even the unimportant sites can do big
harm when misused."
A single criminal gang using computer servers
located in the Ukraine is responsible for the latest twist in converting
legit web sites into delivery mechanisms for "driveby downloads,"
according to Wayne Huang, chief technical officer at Armorize.