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Risky Surfing

On a regular surfing day we all come across a few questionable sites tempting us to click the link with enticing keywords. We’ve all learned our lesson in one way or another but statistically some domains are more riskier than others. A recent study rated sites based on their risk level and exposure to malware and guess who came out on top?

Vietnam domains (.VN) supposedly are the most prone to risk at 29% That number may not be surprising but the increase over last year’s number (0.9%) should be concerning. A significant increase over last year has to make security experts wonder, what the heck is going on with .VN domains? Russia (.RU) is down at number 5 with 10% of sites deemed to be risky.

So what was the most safe? Think of tentacle porn and go to your happy place. Japan (.JP) with 0.1% of sites deemed risky. Although content originating from Japan is already NSFW but you already knew that. Cyber criminals are opportunistic as ever and sites can go up and down in the blink of an eye. Happy surfing!


Domain registers must be happy

It is reported that criminals are pumping out 57,000 fake websites a week. Targeting familiar brands in hopes of fooling unsuspecting web surfers. Ebay and Western Union were the sites of choice by criminals. That’s a lot of activity in any industry. Search engines are doing their best to filter out fraudulent websites but it has been a losing battle. Criminals are churning out sites faster than analysts can document them.

Probably a good idea to scan that USB key as well. You might have unknowingly been spreading worms around to other computers. (link)

I think I’ll update my anti-virus.

Delta airlines to block wifi porn

“Delta will filter the content on its in-flight Wi-Fi service, the airline said today. Although the company has previously been concerned about the ramifications of active censorship on its GoGo-based service and has intended to rely on attendants alone to screen out adult sites and other material that might make some passengers uncomfortable, it now says it will implement a content filter that automatically blocks certain sites before they reach cellphones, notebooks and other devices capable of a Wi-Fi link.” (link)

I have a question, let’s say I bring my own porn and decide to stream my videos wirelessly to other passengers, will I get kicked off? OR how about if I decide to “make” my own porn (aka join the mile high club) will I get kicked off? Are adults only flight available ’cause I don’t think I can go a few hours without porn …

iPhone: the next porn frontier

The technological feats of the 3G iPhone are key to the coming pornucopia. To date, mobile porn has consisted largely of still images, racy text services and “moan tones,” which are sultry-sounding ringtones. In Europe there is an active market for video chatting; customers pay on average $50 a month to exchange dirty messages with actresses. But now, thanks in large part to the iPhone’s video dexterity, short clips are becoming a staple of the mobile porn business. The speed promised by the iPhone 2.0 is much anticipated. Google Trends, which measures Web buzz, shows a sharp increase over the past year in the popularity of the term “iPhone porn.”

Leading porn purveyors see the iPhone as a dream come true. Its relatively ample screen size, speedy Web access and ease of use are just part of it. The device’s miniaturized version of Apple’s Safari software simplifies mobile access and streamlines the process of tailoring dirty sites for optimal viewing on the go. “It’s by far the porn-friendliest phone,” says Devan Cypher, representative for San Francisco–based Sin City Entertainment. As evidence of the gadget’s rocketing popularity in California’s porn capital, the San Fernando Valley, numerous iPhone-specific porn sites have been launched in recent months. “There are a few hundred iPhone porn sites now in use,” says Farley Cahen, vice president of business development for AVN Media Network, the adult industry’s trade body. Many others are currently in the works targeting the iPhone 2.0, which goes on sale July 11. (link)

McAfee warns .HK and .CN domains most dangerous

Companies that assign addresses for Web sites appear to be cutting corners on security more when they assign names in certain domains than in others, according to a report to be released Wednesday by antivirus software vendor McAfee Inc.

McAfee found the most dangerous domains to navigate to are “.hk” (Hong Kong), “.cn” (China) and “.info” (information).

Of all “.hk” sites McAfee tested, it flagged 19.2 percent as dangerous or potentially dangerous to visitors; it flagged 11.8 percent of “.cn” sites and 11.7 percent of “.info” sites that way.

A little more than 5 percent of the sites under the “.com” domain — the world’s most popular — were identified as dangerous. (link)

China cracks down on streaming video sites in light of Tibet riots

If video is going to be streamed in China, the state wants to know about it. China requires a streaming company to obtain a state license and then avoid airing clips that might inspire fear, contain pornography, or endanger national security. That’s a huge burden for sites that feature user-generated content, especially when “endangering national security” includes showing video clips of Chinese unrest. This week, China mounted a crackdown on 62 separate web sites that in violated a new law against showing online audio and video without permits.

When the government first instituted the law back in January, Internet video sites had already become hugely popular in China, and it was widely suspected that the rules would not be strictly enforced. At first, these suspicions appeared justified, as nothing happened for two months, even to the many sites that never bothered to obtain the state license to broadcast. (link)

Yahoo knows about those dirty sites you visited

The New York Times and Internet metrics firm comScore have partnered on a new study that shows what savvy web surfers have known for some time: we’re all being tracked on the web. In this case, though, comScore names names, and it turns out that Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, and Google collect the most average data about online browsing habits in any given month.

The Times partnered with comScore to develop a new metric that looks at how many “data collection events” many top web sites use to grab data from visitors. The events include the URL of requested pages, search query strings, videos played, advertising displayed, and ads served on ad networks owned by the companies (but appearing on other sites). The events chosen for tracking mean that each page may feature multiple events. The methodology is explained in more detail in a Times blog posting.

What comScore found, using this new metric, is that visitors to the top sites on the ‘Net get tracked. A lot. (link)

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