Study: Religious Sites Offer More Malware Than Porn Sites

SAN FRANCISCO — In a surprising report, security firm Symantec says that religious and ideological websites can carry three times more malware threats than porn sites.

Symantec made the announcement in its annual Internet Security Threat Report, finding that the average number of security threats on religious sites was around 115, while porn sites only carried around 25 threats per site.

Symantec also said that only 2.4 percent of porn sites were found to be infected with malware, compared to 20 percent of blogs.

"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," researchers wrote.

Symantec measured an increase of more than 81 percent in malware in 2011 over 2010, while the number of malware variants increased by 41 percent. The firm said that its determined that 61 percent of malicious sites are actually "regular websites that have been compromised and infected with malicious code."

"It is interesting to note that websites hosting adult/pornographic content are not in the top five, but ranked 10th," Symantec researchers said.

The security firm also noted that threats to mobile devices continue to grow, particularly with Google’s Android mobile OS.   

The report found more than half of all Android threats collect device data or track user activities. One-fourth of the mobile threats identified were designed to make money by sending premium messages from infected phones.

Related:  

Copyright © 2024 Adnet Media. All Rights Reserved. XBIZ is a trademark of Adnet Media.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.

More News

VR Porn Releases 2023 'Annual Report'

VR Porn has released its Annual Report, highlighting tendencies and popular search terms on the site in 2023.

Aylo Responds to Canada's Privacy Commissioner Report on User-Generated Content Protocols

Aylo has released a statement responding to a report released by Canada’s privacy commissioner, regarding a complaint about user-generated content.

PASS Adds Indie Producer Fivestar to Board of Directors

The Performer Availability Screening Service (PASS) has tapped independent producer Fivestar to join its board of directors.

Kentucky Republicans Revive 'Public Health Crisis' Claims to Justify Anti-Porn Bills

Republican lawmakers in the Kentucky House and Senate are renewing claims that adult content is part of a “public health crisis,” to justify introducing matching copycat versions of the age verification legislation being sponsored around the country by anti-porn religious conservative activists.

Segpay's Cathy Beardsley Named Among American Banker's 2024 'Most Influential Women in Payments'

Segpay CEO Cathy Beardsley has been named one of American Banker’s 2024 Most Influential Women in Payments.

Texas' AG Ken Paxton Sues Aylo Over Controversial Age Verification Law

Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against Aylo, alleging the company is in violation of Texas’ controversial age verification law, which mandates that adult websites post a “health warning” perpetuating religious anti-porn propaganda myths.

XBIZ Miami's Sagamore Hotel Sold Out, Additional Hotels Announced

Guest rooms at XBIZ Miami’s exclusive conference venue, the iconic Sagamore Hotel in South Beach, are now completely sold out.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee Questions First Amendment Protections for Sexual Content

Utah newspaper Deseret News has published an interview with U.S. Senator Mike Lee, in which he champions ongoing efforts to limit access to adult content online in the name of fighting “porn addiction.”

Conservative Group's Plan to Criminalize Porn Is Part of Campaign to End All 'Recreational Sex'

A 2023 X post by the Heritage Foundation, in which the influential conservative think tank called for an end to “recreational sex,” has resurfaced in the wake of the Alabama Supreme Court’s recent ruling that frozen embryos are legally children.

Chaturbate Signs On as Presenting Sponsor of XBIZ Miami

Premier webcam community Chaturbate has signed on as the exclusive presenting sponsor of XBIZ Miami, slated for May 13-16 at the oceanfront Sagamore Hotel in South Beach.

Show More