Religious websites have more malware than porn sites

The most harmful websites on the Internet, as far as risk of malware infection goes, are religious in nature, according to Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report. Sorry, porn sites.

The malware content is (usually) not intentional on the website owner's behalf, but is instead hosted on sites that have been compromised and infected.

Symantec's report, now in its 17th volume, says that religious websites have 115 threats on average, mostly in the vein of fake antivirus software. Pornographic websites, in comparison, have less than a quarter of that number, averaging about 25 threats per website. However, there are obviously many more pornographic websites on the Internet than there are religious websites.

Pornographic websites ranked 10th overall for percentage of infected websites, after other categories of sites like shopping, education/reference, technology, entertainment and more. The number one most frequently exploited category of websites is blogs and web communications sites.

The report hypothesizes that the reason for this disparity in threats per infected site is that because porn website owners are already making money from the Internet, they have a vested interest in keeping their source of income free from malware. A bad user experience is not good for repeat business, naturally.

The full report can be viewed in PDF format (5.60 MB).

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People who follow religion are more gullible, they fall for scams easier, and therefore become more targeted, makes perfect sense.

Inertia said,
People who follow religion are more gullible, they fall for scams easier, and therefore become more targeted, makes perfect sense.
true

Anybody in their right mind already knew this!

Online game sites aren't any better than the religious sites either. The ONLY 2 types of sites my sister in law ever goes to are religious and Yahoo games. Constantly getting some type of spyware. Her husband (my brother) on the other hand visits any and all porn sites and rarely gets anything.

I just hope Steve Jobs doesn't make some kind of come back from the dead, then Christianity and Applanity will be identical.

Not surprised at all, specially when religion is, by far, the worst virus in the history of humanity.

xfx said,
Not surprised at all, specially when religion is, by far, the worst virus in the history of humanity.
lol

I see connections between this and Apple. The immaturity/ignorance of those wanted to impose evil on their site/software.

ccoltmanm said,
I see connections between this and Apple. The immaturity/ignorance of those wanted to impose evil on their site/software.
I see connections between this and Apple. The immaturity/ignorance of those who support the company and program the websites.

I imagine that religious sites are a favorite target of malware spreaders. The visitors there aren't exactly the skeptical type.....

Chugworth said,
I imagine that religious sites are a favorite target of malware spreaders. The visitors there aren't exactly the skeptical type.....

I can't help but think of Apple.

But know this: The Ori are all-seeing! They are already aware of this... affront to their eminence and shall strike down those who defy them. Hallowed are the Ori.

Abyssus said,
Where's your god now?

In god we trust. The porn pop-up ads means that tonight I have to obey god's will and check out his creatures on some filthy porn sites.