"What's most worrying is that so many Web sites are falling victim because the owners are failing to properly maintain them and keep up to date with their patches," said Carole Theriault, a senior security consultant at Sophos, in a written statement. "The average Internet user assumes sites like the Miami Dolphins homepage are safe to access, but by targeting a whole range of Internet pages, hackers are successfully infecting a larger number of unwary surfers. Any ill-maintained Web site can fall victim."
Of course, an infected website only helps to amplify the problem – lots of visits, lots of potential infections. The more infections, the faster it can spread. Still, the numbers were surprising – 23,864 new threats in the first quarter of this year alone.