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More Malware found on religious and ideological sites than on Porn sites. Are they being targeted?

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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 10:53 AM
In fact, according to this article, porn sites are some of the safest places to visit on the web. They say its because they are protecting their revenue stream so they have to be more vigilant about malware.

Internet Security Firm Sees More Malware on Religious Websites Than Porn Sites

It may seem counterintuitive, but a new security report from the firm Symantec has found religious websites hold as much as three times more malicious malware compared to pornographic ones, according to PC World.

Although PC World notes reports that come from security firms also selling virus protection software, such as this annual Internet Security Threat Report, should be taken with a “pinch of salt,” they still provide intriguing observations.

Here’s what the report had to say with regard to religious site malware:

Moreover, religious and ideological sites were found to have triple the average number of threats per infected site than adult/pornographic sites. We hypothesize that this is because pornographic website owners already make money from the internet and, as a result, have a vested interest in keeping their sites malware-free – it’s not good for repeat business.

PC World calls it a “notable discrepancy” that religious sites average about 115 security threats and adult websites only about 25 threats.

The Blaze

It makes me wonder if these types of sites aren't targeted by their ideological adversaries. There is a lot of anti-religious sentiment out there on the web and who wouldn't doubt that political blogs and information sources wouldn't be targeted by those with an opposing viewpoint.

Is this the next battleground in the war of ideologies; the internet where they will use viruses to try to shut down or marginalize voices they disagree with. They say truth is the greatest enemy of those who secretly control the world. Are they using viruses to try to stem the flow of information?

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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 11:19 AM
i'm not sure why you think it is out of ideology.
i think it is more so because the owners support their site via ad revenue, and there are some shady ad sites full of malware.
also there is a tendency of people that go to those types of sites not to be that computer savvy, most people still use IE even though IE still has a lot of issues.
also i thought this was about sites that have malware on them that they infect visitors with not the other way around?
websites that cater to the computer illiterate would be great vectors for spreading viruses, even better than email.

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 11:28 AM
Religious groups do not have access to the best web defense. The intellectuals do. Not to say there are no religious intellectuals, just that the sheep are meek and a little unaware of evil hackers. They might get profiled as weak and easy to hack.

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 11:33 AM
reply to post by demongoat

There have been confirmed reports of conservatives being targeted on Twitter to have their accounts suspended.

Conservative Chris Loesch, music producer and husband of radio host and CNN contributor Dana Loesch, had his Twitter account suspended on Sunday. He was apparently targeted by leftist users who utilized the “Block & Report Spam” function to trigger the social media account’s automatic spam algorithm. He was notified of his suspension via an email from Twitter claiming it was due to multiple unsolicited mentions to other users. “You will need to change your behavior to continue using Twitter,” the email admonished.

Chris, like the rest of the Breitbart crew, actively engages his detractors on Twitter. (I tend to ignore them on Twitter, but that’s mostly because life is too short, and I have a pretty good platform for my views at Hot Air.) It turns out that detractors don’t like engagement … they just like to bully people. Instead of responding to Chris’ arguments, they began organizing an effort to force Twitter into suspending him by reporting his Twitter stream as spam.
Here’s the problem. There actually is a ton of spam on Twitter, usually triggered by key words picked up by autobot searches. In the ideal model — and one that had been working fairly well until now — legitimate Twitter users would report the spam, and Twitter would suspend the accounts. That keeps traffic moving smoothly (a performance level that Twitter occasionally fails to maintain anyway) and disincentivizes spammers, at least to some extent. Now that the Left is abusing the spam mechanism, Twitter will almost certainly have to suspend its use, which means the only people who will win this game are the spammers, and we’ll have no way to deal with the flood of annoying marketing messages.

Hot Air

I suspect this is also why the Twitter account for the "If I wanted America to fail" vid was taken down on Earth Day.

Activists are finding new ways to silence their opposition.

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posted on May, 8 2012 @ 05:21 PM
It sure looks to me like alternative media is being targeted by web hackers.

Did Before It's News Get Hijacked? Now Being Reported as Attack Page!

Maybe this is the reason the gubment employs so many hackers.

One in Four Hackers Works for the U.S. Government

If you’re worried about being attacked by computer hackers, here’s a curious piece of information that might put your mind at ease: 25% of them are working for the FBI.

The Guardian newspaper has discovered that one in four hackers is an FBI informer as part of a recent investigation, with many forums where hackers sell illegally obtained information being run by either moles or undercover FBI agents.


How long before they start targeting ATS?


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