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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:11 PM

6 Ways to Defend Against Drive-by Downloads

By Meridith Levinson, CIO Feb 11, 2012 4:14 pm

In the first quarter of 2011, enterprise users encountered an average of 274 web-based malware attacks, a 103 percent increase over 2010, according to research from Cisco ScanSafe. Why the dramatic increase? One major cause is the growing number of drive-by download attacks. Drive-by downloads are an especially pernicious method cybercriminals use to install viruses and spyware, and otherwise take control of unsuspecting end users' computers.

Drive-by downloads are particularly dangerous because they're so stealthy: As their name suggests, they automatically install software on end users' computers without them knowing.

"Anytime someone else gets to decide what software, what code is running on your computer, then your computer--all the information on it and everything on the network that is connected to it--is at risk," says Daniel Peck, a research scientist with Barracuda Networks' Barracuda Labs.

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