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Google uncovers 16,500 infected websites per week.

Researchers at Google and academics at the University of California discovered more than 750,000 compromised websites across the Internet over a one-year period.

However more worryingly, with over 12% of recently fixed websites

falling victim again to a new attack within 30 days, webmasters are failing to

respond to the malware-infected websites.

The study, "Remedying Web Hijacking: Notification Effectiveness

and Webmaster Comprehension" found that the problem stems from

malware and that attackers continuously plant malicious code on poorly

protected websites.

"The proliferation of web threats such as

drive-by downloads, cloaked redirects and scams stems in part from miscreants

infecting and subverting control of vulnerable web servers," said the report. "Sites operating popular

platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal faced an increased risk of

becoming compromised, primarily because miscreants focused their efforts on

exploits that impacted the largest market share."

Google and Berkeley academics found that

webmasters who had registered their sites with Google's Search Console, meant

that webmasters who were emailed about a breach were able to fix the problem

62% faster.which is within three days, than those who did not receive any tips

on how what to do post-breach.

"As we work to make the web a safer

place, we think it's critical to empower webmasters and users to make good

security decisions. It's easy for the security community to be pessimistic

about incident response being 'too complex' for victims, but as our findings

demonstrate, even just starting a dialogue can significantly expedite

recovery," Googlers Kurt Thomas and Yuan Niu of Google's Spam & Abuse

Research team said in a blog post

The study was carried out by Google's Eric Kuan, Yuan Niu, Lucas Ballard, Kurt

Thomas, and Elie Bursztein and the University of California, Berkely's Frank

Li, Grant Ho, and Vern Paxson, between July 2014 and June 2015.

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