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Children's Sites Pose Cyber Security Risk

Children's Sites Pose Cyber Security Risk

Parents are being urged to protect their children's computers as leading Czech anti-virus firm Avast reveals hackers are increasingly targeting gaming websites targeted at children.

The security firm says it identified more than 60 sites with titles containing 'game' or 'arcade' whose pages redirected users to viruses and unwanted software.

Avast exposed the most notable site, cutearcade.com, which generated more than 12,600 infection reports during a scan.

Avast CTO, Ondrej Vlcek, told the BBC that the research showed sites with mini-games and flash-apps aimed at children did most of the damage.

'Cutearcade' redirected users to linuxstabs.com, a malware distribution point, though its owner Two Point Oh has yet to comment.

Avast explained that the problem has become significantly more widespread than October last year - less than four months ago - when it was reported that sites marketed to children were causing a security threat.

The experts are now calling for parents to discuss the security risks with their children, who are less likely to be aware of such threats, and advising them to regularly update security software on their children's computers.


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