Three Million Web Pages with Malicious "Drive-By" Downloads

These suck.

As described by Windows ITPro Magazine, a "Drive By" download is:

a situation in which a computer becomes infected with some sort of malware when its user simply visits a Web page. Such infections typically take advantage of vulnerabilities in browsers, browser components (typically add-ons), and OSs.

This means you can get infected by simply visiting the page, or via a pop-up redirect from a malicious page. A team

The key points: "vulnerabilities in browsers, browser components and OSs". Legitimate software companies and application developers will issue security patches for detected vulnerabilities to ensure their code is secure.

Patch your systems, people. There is no excuse except to maintain a safe computing environment.

Windows ITPro: "3 Million Malicious Web Pages Plague the Internet".

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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