9/26/2006

Malware lurks behind TRUSTe seal

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:37 am

Sites handed the TRUSTe seal of approval are twice as likely to host malware or engage in spamming as those not endorsed by any security certificate, according to a study by spyware researcher Ben Edelman.

Edelman reached this conclusion after cross-referencing a sample of 500,000 top websites, as reported by a major ISP, that are endorsed by a TRUSTe certificate with data on untrustworthy sites, as listed by McAfee’s SiteAdvisor service.
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Of the sites certified by TRUSTe, 5.4 per cent are linked to either spamming or spyware, according to SiteAdvisor’s data. This compares to just 2.5 per cent of sites in the rest of the ISP’s list that SiteAdvisor categorises as unsavoury.

Source: The Register

 

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