News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Religion

June 9, 2012

Unprotected sects: Church websites more likely to have viruses

As with herpes, one of the peripheral embarrassments of contracting a computer virus is that everyone has a pretty good idea of what you were up to when you got it. Oh sure, it's possible you just chastely pecked a misleading email link. But odds are you picked it up because you were dallying on one of those shady, fly-by-night websites that people visit when they're seeking fulfillment. You know — religious sites.

What's that? Church blogs and Christian youth forums aren't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of scareware, malware, worms and Trojan horses? They should be. In its latest annual Internet security threat report, Symantec, the maker of Norton AntiVirus software, found that "religious and ideological sites" have far surpassed pornographic websites as targets for criminal hackers. According to the company you're now three times as likely to encounter malware — insidious software that can steal your data, pelt you with spam, or enslave your machine in a botnet — on your local church blog as you are on a porn site.

The explanation is straightforward: The entrepreneurs who run adult websites are old hands at Web security, and they've long since learned to use protection. Those who build and host church websites, by contrast, may have the best intentions, but they tend to be naive and inexperienced. For hackers, that makes them easy prey.

Take Stephen Morrissey, a Pittsburgh-area e-commerce architect who moonlights as a Web developer for churches looking to establish an online presence. He admits he didn't have the first clue about Web security when he volunteered to build a website for his mother's small church in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. three years ago. He had designed simple, static Web pages before, but for the church he used a popular, freely available scripting language called PHP to add a few interactive elements.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Religion
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity