Web Stats: 10% of Sites are Malicious, Another 10% are Suspicious

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bill-swift - May 14, 2012

Zscaler has just revealed some pretty shocking web statistics, and they aren't pretty. The cloud security company did a study and has discovered that one in every five websites can be classified as either malicious or suspicious--and that's several hundred million websites too many.

Zscaler came up with this figure by running tests on 27,000 URLs using its website checking tool called Zulu. The tool evaluates websites by conducting external elements checks, content checks, URL checks, and host checks, and returns with a score from 0 to 100.

Sites with a score between 0 and 49 are rated as Benign, those with scores between 50 and 74 are marked Suspicious, white sites with scores between 75 and 100 are deemed as Malicious. Of these 27,000 websites, 81 percent of sites were determined to be Benign, 9.5 percent were rated as Suspicious, and another 9.5 percent were found to be Malicious.

We ran the tool on to show off the tool in action and the site fetched a perfect zero, meaning it was completely safe (but no surprise there.) Curious about how your own site ranks? Check out Zulu on Zscaler to run a scan yourself.

Article by Hazel Chua
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