55% of Hacked Website Admins Don’t Blame the Web Host

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – A new study recently released by Internet security professionals StopBadware and Commtouch is shedding new light into website security breaches from the perspective of website administrators.

In a release titled “Compromised Websites: An Owner’s Perspective,” the companies reveal interesting survey results drawn from more than six hundred website operators who had faced security breaches.

“Compromised (stolen or hacked) websites continue to be an attractive target for cybercriminals who benefit primarily from the misuse of reputable domains. Cybercriminals are also able to make use of resources like processing power, bandwidth, and the hosting available via compromised web servers,” stated the companies in the study.

Concerning the area of web hosting, a majority of 55% said security breaches did not affect their opinion of their hosting provider. A total of 40% said it did change their view, with 28% reporting that they’d consider going to a new web host and 12% actually saying it made them appreciate the web host more.

Other interesting findings included the fact that 49% were made aware of breaches through browser warnings and that 46% actually never informed their web host of the matter and were able to fix the problem(s) on their own.

Whether it effects websites belonging to big companies or those maintained for personal use, online security breaches have become increasingly problematic in recent years. For more information regarding the report, visit the StopBadware Blog here (blog.stopbadware.org).