The Power to Destroy: How Malware Works

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This blog post is based on the new Symantec Website Security Solutions free white paper, The Power to Destroy: How Malware Works which pulls together statistics from across Symantec’s global security network. The white paper is available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.

If you own or run a website, did you know that the website itself could be the target of cyber criminals who can breach the site and use it as a tool to spread malware and infect your customers’ devices?

Certain weaknesses or vulnerabilities in your website, such as unpatched servers and cross-site scripting, can lead to security breaches which have been known to cost companies millions in lost revenue and repairs.


From the number of web-based malware attacks Symantec blocked in 2011 and 2012 we can see that these kinds of attacks are on the rise, so it is more important than ever for website managers, developers and owners to pay attention to the security of their website.


If your website is responsible for the infection of a client’s computer, or worse their entire network, it’s going to cost you more than just their lost business. In particular if you are a small business you need to prove to big clients that they are safe in their online interactions with your website.

Prevention is always better than cure and, fortunately, preventing a damaging breach to your site is simple – most of our SSL and website security packages come with vulnerability assessments and malware scans as standard.

For more information about how cybercriminals deploy and use malware as well as how to protect your website download our Power to Destroy: How Malware Works white paper now.

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