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The Internet's blog sites have become overgrown with a variety of unpleasant content, including porn, offensive language, hate posting, and malware, a new threat analysis has suggested.
According to Scansafe's Monthly Global Threat Report for March 2007, a surprisingly high percentage of the Internet's blog sites-- up to 80 percent-- contain "offensive" content, with six percent hosting active malware.
The figures were gleaned from an analysis of real-time traffic passing through the company corporate proxying service, designed to filter out the worst content. A total of 614 sites were chosen at random from sites reckoned to have blogging as a significant activity.
"Employees visiting these sites can unknowingly expose corporate networks to legal liability, viruses and loss of proprietary information."
I have contacted 19 Universities in US in the past 2 week, pointing out exact links that were posted to our guest book trap. All were linked to one domain from their pages. All were promoting Meds. Half of EDUs removed that junk to date. Open Blogs is a different story.
Vast Majority of this content came from Published PROXY lists.
P.S. Today was actualy slow, the only one we got was for "flowers in new york" from Latvia
a variety of unpleasant content, including porn, offensive language, hate posting, and malware
you mean to say you never seen "you are visitor # 1000000000000" and have your AV do a popup?
*this post, and therefore ww, tripped the "porn, offensive content, hate speech, and malware" filter. sorry Brett.
Where the user base is allowed to build out the content without some margin of close scrutiny...the "spammers" will find their way to the party and spoil the goods...
I should hope so too - blogs are (more often than not) an individual's web log, allowing them to rant about whatever current issue is tickling their fancy at any given time, using whatever language they see fit.
If people are going to venture into the big world wide (nasty, evil, scary) web then they're going to have to appreciate not everyone is as holy as thou. People shocked by it should stick to AOL safe in the knowledge that Connie (whatever happened to her btw?) will protect them from naughty words and photos of women (and men) wearing skirts above the knee.
Many blogs I have visited recently have comments swithed off for this very reason, and I do the same as I don't get enough visitors to justify paying for spam filtering on my wordpress based blogs.
I guess if they analysed the content on most e-mails in the world it would also be offensive or illegal - based on the amount of spam being sent.
A world without spam and malware would I think be great.
So, then my blog must be downright "obscene". :P
Yeah, that is a concern. I've been at the airport before and been unable to get a few of my regular reads from sites that I don't consider anyone near offensive.
Also, studies have shown 99.44% of blogs now infested with lame content.
I'm not gonna lie to you... if we include LiveJournal and the like in the category of "blogs" (which for the record, I generally refrain from- anyone whose opinions are worth reading has a TLD), and we include the recapitulation of news previously reported by others under the heading of "lame content"...
Well, then I'd say you're lowballing your numbers there.