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Are "no longer updated" web pages safe?


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 10:17 PM

I don't know anything about putting up a web page or web page security. Are web pages hacked into? If so, is that a rare, "growing" or common problem? Would a person of evil intent consider a web page no longer updated a target or not worth their effort?
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 02:41 PM

Are web pages hacked into? If so, is that a rare, "growing" or common problem? Would a person of evil intent consider a web page no longer updated a target or not worth their effort?

While larger legitimate sites may be the ultimate target. Any site could in theory be used for 'target practice'.

See the following for more information:

Security experts describe the typical hacker of 2009 as more sophisticated, prolific and craftier than ever. If anything, criminals will be remembered by the sheer number of attacks they unleashed upon the Web.

While the year didn't see many technological leaps in the techniques hackers employ, they continued to expand their reach to every corner of the Internet by leveraging social media, infiltrating trusted Web sites, and crafting more convincing and tailored scams.

For more on the article use the link below.

Quote from: SF Gate article by Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, Chronicle Staff Writer Saturday, December 26, 2009

The information that took me aback most was the following: "An October report from the San Jose company estimated that 640,000 legitimate Web sites became infected in the third quarter of 2009, compared with 120,000 infected sites during the same period of 2008."

Bold is mine. An astounding 433.3% increase. :thumbsup:


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#3 MaryBet82

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 07:28 PM

Thanks Animal. Neat, neat, neat avatar [?correct term/spelling]

That was a really depressing article but important info to be aware of. So basically, any site can potentially be unsafe and the problem is increasing [exploding]. Well, I'm certainly further encouraged to keep working on my personal security knowledge base and less encouraged about doing my own webpage. Don't have time anyway.
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