Malware Hides Behind Legitimate Companies

Individuals responsible for spreading nefarious adware and spyware programs are increasingly using legitimate Web sites to deliver their work to unsuspecting users, according to new research published by McAfee.

According to a report published by the anti-virus software maker on Sept. 11, adware and spyware brokers are more actively using the affiliate advertising programs offered by many Web sites to hide their code, leaving users exposed to unseen threats ultimately distributed by innocent companies.

McAfee, in Santa Clara, Calif., said the use of so-called online front companies, or Web sites made to appear as if they represent legitimate enterprises that have actually been built specifically to dispense malicious programs, is also on the rise among malware code writers. McAfee: Malware Hides Behind Legitimate Companies

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