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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.
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.
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.