Most malware comes from legit sites, says researcher

51% of sites spreading malicious code have been hackedThe majority of Web sites serving up attack code are legitimate domains that have been hacked by criminals, a security researcher said in a report released today. It’s the first time that legitimate sites outnumber the malicious ones hackers purposefully set up to spread malware.According to data compiled by Websense Inc., 51% of the sites it classified as malicious in the second half of 2007 had been compromised and then seeded with attack code that infected unpatched machines visiting the URLs. The remaining 49% were “intentionally built for malicious intent,” the Websense report said.

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