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Religious websites are three times riskier than porn sites for malware

By Shawn Knight
May 4, 2012
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  1. Religious and ideological web pages are more dangerous than pornographic sites with regard to malware infection according to the latest Internet Security Threat Report (PDF) from Symantec. In fact, pages...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    OK - as an agnostic, that just cracks me the hell up! :D
     
  3. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,901   +944

    god bless my anti-virus
     
  4. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Well, there was a study regarding intelligence and being religious...
     
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,323   +710

    ..done by atheists. Guess what it revealed! I guess that all the great minds throughout history, the overwhelming majority of whom were people of faith, no longer meet the "objective" standard of "intelligence" - i.e. being an atheist. That aside, this shows that Symantec doesn't have a clue what their talking about. They don't even list <i>piracy</i> sites, which are far and away the #1 source for browser infections. I don't think I'll be buying the latest Norton products with this kind of "intelligence" being involved in its design.
     
  6. TechM633

    TechM633 TS Rookie Posts: 33


    Bravo!

    Newton, Boyle, Edison, Kepler, Galileo, Pascal, Von Braun, Mendel, Pasteur, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, etc, etc..............all believed in God.

    Also....on your other observation regarding Symantec. I completely agree.
     
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  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

  8. Do you know what used to happen to you if you didn't believe in a god? You were killed, imprisoned, or tortured. I wonder why so many scholars in history were religious...
     
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  9. Interesting. I've known some porn sites that would deny access if the user's pc is infected lol
     
  10. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 595   +52

    I'm glad that there are at least some sane people left here on the interwebs.

    The most widely stated fallacy is that religious people don't seek to know the unexplainable. That when confronted with something unknown, they throw their hands in the air and say, "It's magicalness, herpa derp". Only those who are willingly obtuse state such idiocy. It's especially ridiculous when religious books, such as the Bible, repeatedly emphasize the importance of gaining knowledge and understanding. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Brown were all founded by Christians.
     
  11. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Shawn great info article!!! I'm actually kinda surprised tbh. I would have never thought hackers would go after religious sites. Makes a perverted kind of sense tho. I would hazard a guess that the hackers stopped using porn sites simply because the user base was getting wise.
    I have a freind that has multiple anti-programs on his computer simply because he likes to go to porn sites. He even keeps backups on a spare external hard drive just in case. Since most religions frown on things like porn, the religious sites themselves being infected makes perfect sense lol.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,698   +1,885

    See, it's like I've been saying all along, "God is within each and everyone of us"!! And now, he's inside your computer as well! It's probably a whole "Sodom and Gomorrah" cleansing paradigm, to wipe porn from the face of all our hard drives..... YaY....!

    Actually I never even thought that......I have my mouse pad with a big ol' pentagram, and a bookmark folder the size of the King James Bible, to take me straight to hell! (Well, by "hell", I mean porn sites too numerous to mention).
     
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,622   +376

    I'm still not sure how some basic statistics has got everyone so riled up? (Not that a use Symantec products).
     
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,698   +1,885

    And you'd don't see where this thread is basically an open invitation to a religious argument?

    First, many scientists of the past would face persecution if they didn't pronounce their faith.

    Second, the human ego is massaged to no end by this, "and on the sixth day God created man is his own image".

    In that context, it makes sense that people should seek out the wisdom and ways of their"creator", and attaching the term, "science" to their endeavors.. After all, we're cut from the same cloth as him.....Him,,,hmm...

    IMHO, faith in God is, and always has been, the premiere path for the creation of some of the best music ever written.

    Which brings me to this musing, "a nun a priest, and a rabbi, where arguing about the identity of God. It was a heated exchange. "God is a man! No, God is a woman! God is black! No, God is white"! Just then, a layman walked by, overhearing the conversation and said, "so it's true then, Michael Jackson is God"....???:confused:

    I'm going to come down on the side of Chuck Darwin in this argument......
     
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    Why do I think it is hackers of rival religious groups?
     
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,698   +1,885

    Well, that's a silly thing to say. It's because "group A's" religion, is better than "group B's". You just ask anybody in group A", they'll tell you, "it's common knowledge". On the other hand, everybody in "group B" knows that God is on their side. Haven't we learned anything from the Crusades?
     
  17. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 435   +24

    From the above thread, my problem has never been with god its always been the devotees.
     
  18. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Re-post due to quotes being messed up on my post...

    Religious people are just as intelligent as the rest of us ... they are simply more superstitious and will remap/reinterpret reality to fit their beliefs. They will ignore anything they can't remap, believing they will be able to do so later. Atheists don't suffer from the same levels of superstition as our religious colleagues (we are all superstitious to some degree, its genetic), and to atheists religious people seem irrational ... atheists find it difficult to understand why they are unable to see through what seems so obvious to them. One thing I've learned is that you will NEVER convince a religious person that their beliefs are an illusion ... they need to reach that conclusion for themselves.If god exists, then why does he allow believers to become infected through visiting religious websites? Most of these people probably don't even use anti-virus as they have faith that god is looking after them...
     
  19. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    When a religious person is 'talking' with god, what they are really doing is reinterpreting their subconscious as 'god'. If you ask them to ask 'god' a question that they themselves don't know the answer to, they always fail (you can't test god). When they do communicate with 'god' they always receive vague responses that send them on the (often) wrong path ... later they receive further 'communication', realise that they should change their path, then go on their merry way again. Go figure...
     
  20. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Incidentally, I have many friends who are religious ... to each, his own :=).
     
  21. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    If I understand correctly then, religious sites are attractive to online criminals because of the general (mis?)perception that they are more moral, therefore less threatening, than secular or naughty sites? Funny old world....
     
  22. Most dangerous sites are celebrity image sites bar none... and I'm not talking about sites like Just Jared and Eyeprime.
     
  23. I'm not the type of religious person that tries to convince people. I just punch them in the face if they offend me by condescending. Then I repent and am forgiven. :)
     
  24. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,953   +162

    By the way I am religious but am not blind to its contradictions and if I am I wouldn't see it anyways, maybe I could smell it, mm smells like chicken.
     
  25. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @Tree

    While im sure there are a few disreputable religious leaders out there who do use hacking to attack other religions, my comment was directed at the fact that hackers would go after any religious order. Not that I hold any religion higher then any other, just that churches ect arent really going to be doing a whole hell of a lot online. Sure they would have a website. Maybe do emails from one branch to another. But in general theres not going to be a lot of serious traffic. Just kinda shocked me for a few mins.
    What are they going to go after next?? Old folks homes? Vetranarians offices?? How about organ doner sites are they next?
    Going after religious sites seems to me to be more disrespectful then anything else. Its not like God is going to take away their internet or anything. I guess I expected them to turn a blind eye to religious groups. Since im sure most of these hackers have family that would attend.
    When are we going to see hackers doing something they can truly brag about? Like exposing coruption in major companies. E-robbing some super rich dictator and giving the cash to the ppl the dictator rules. When are we going to see these hackers doing anything useful to our society? Prolly never...l.but it is to dream lol.
     

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