Malware website

Does your website have malware?

 

What is Malware?  Malware is short for malicious software.  The most common types of malware are viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, scareware, zombies, and adware.  In the early 90’s, programmers would develop malware to pose as pranks.    Most of these pranks were harmless by having your cd-rom drive open up to pose as a coffee cup toaster or displaying humorously images on your computer screen.  Today, Malware poses serious threats to websites and computers a like. 

Malware is on the rise,  according to Microsoft, “At the end of 2001, approximately 60,000 forms of malware or threats were known to exist. This number was a significant increase from 1996 (about 10,000) and 1991 (about 1,000).  In June 2012, McAfee, a virus software company, reported over 90 million different malware samples in their databases.

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Websites are the perfect breeding ground for cyber-criminals to deliver their malicious software to as many victims as possible.  Cyber-criminals have learned how to use their malware to bring down websites or even turn large profits by:

  • Displaying and clicking ads
  • Stealing confidential data
  • Hijacking user sessions
  • Compromising user login credentials
  • Stealing financial information
  • Making fraudulent purchases
  • Creating spam
  • Launching denial-of-service attacks

Problems from having Malware on your Website

  • You can spread the malware to others
  • Affect your customer’s  and your computer
  • You will be blacklisted from Google, Norton, McAfee, and other companies

In February 2013, NBC’s website was hacked and distributed malware from it’s website.  NBC’s home page and others were affected, including the pages of late night talk show hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon.

How to Detect Malware on your Website?

Luckly for NBC, they were able to detect the Malware on their website and take their website offline to fix the problem quickly.  How did they do it?  By monitoring their website for potential Malware threats.  

You can do the same by following these simple steps.  The first step for you is to have your website checked for malware.  You can check your website with a Free Website Malware Scanner.  Next, you will want to set up with a Malware Monitoring Company.

 

How to Monitor and Clean-Up Malware from your Website?

QDesigns uses and recommends Sucuri – Malware Monitoring and Clean-up.  We recommend them to our customers for several reasons:

1) Reliability – They have been seen on TechCrunch, CNN, USA Today, CSO Online, CIO Magazine, PC World, SC Magazine, TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, BloggingTips and many others.

  • Their website malware scanner is highly sophisticated and designed to identify a number of different malware types. They include:
    • Obfuscated JavaScript injections
    • Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
    • Website Defacements
    • Hidden & Malicious iFrames
    • PHP Mailers
    • Phishing Attempts
    • Malicious Redirects
    • Backdoors (e.g., C99, R57, Webshells)
    • Anomalies
    • Drive-by-Downloads – This is what brought down the NBC Website
    • IP Cloaking
    • Social Engineering Attacks

2) Fast Alert System – The alerting service utilizes three distinct communication mechanisms to notify you if any of the monitoring services have been triggered. The idea is to get the information to you as quickly as possible so that you can take immediate action.

3) Speed of Malware Removal – 70% of clients have their site clean and functional within 3 hours

Check out Sucuri today and start protecting you and your customers from malware.  Learn More…

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