Five web hosting companies were identified with harboring infected websites on their servers last week by industry watchguard StopBadWare.org.
According to reports, iPowerWeb, Layered Technologies, The Planet, Internap Network Services and CHINANET Guangdong province network have the largest number of infected sites on their servers, putting unwitting Internet users at risk, says the organisation.
Based on analysis of close to 50,000 sites, the group identified these five companies as hosting a majority of the websites known to distribute malicious code. StopBadWare.org says iPowerWeb is hosting a little over 10 thousand of the infected sites on its servers alone.
StopBadware.org is a coalition formed by Hardware University and Oxford University in collaboration with Consumer Reports to identify downloaded software that could fall into the category of "badware," which the group identifies as malicious applications like malware, spyware or deceptive adware that fundamentally disregards the choices Internet users make about their own computers.
The group says it hopes that by identifying the web hosting companies harboring infected websites it will help raise awareness among them and others to be more cautious.
Source: The WHIR News