The big boys have weighed in and both the Cisco’s 2014 Security Report and the Websense 2014 Threat Report have identified a major contributor to cyber-crime: hacked legitimate websites. The Cisco report accurately refers to these attacks as High Efficiency Infection Strategies because as the image below illustrates, a single website can attack a variety of devices. Websense re-affirms the popularity of this attack method by pointing out that 85% of malicious links are hosted on hacked legitimate websites.
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