Top 50 websites in PH running 30 vulnerable scripts: report

A report from US-based Menlo Security has revealed that the top 50 websites in the Philippines execute at least 30 scripts or programs that might be carrying malware.

Menlo Security managing director for Asia Pacific Stephanie Boo

Menlo Security managing director for Asia Pacific Stephanie Boo

At a recent press briefing, Menlo Security managing director for Asia Pacific Stephanie Boo cited her company’s “State of the Web 2016” report, which revealed that the top websites in the country have pop-up programs or ads that are both annoying and dangerous to online visitors.

Quoting the study, Boo said the top website in the Philippines – which she did not name – executes 96 scripts from 37 different background domains.

The executive further said that 14 percent of the top local websites perform more than 50 scripts. Only two of these websites, on the other hand, carry out just one script.

At the same time, the report also found that eight out of the 50 websites (or 16 percent) were running vulnerable versions of Web software code at the time of the testing.

Also a key finding of the research is that 17 of the top sites (or 34 percent) were serving active code from risky “background sites” marked as malware, adult and pornography, cult and occult, questionable or uncategorized.

The press event was conducted during a tech conference wherein Menlo Security was formally introduced as a partner of systems integrator Computrade Technology Philippines Inc. (CTP).

The technology summit, dubbed “IT Infrastructure Summit 2017,” was held at the Makati Diamond Residences to support partners and customers who are embarking on transforming their business.

Aside from Menlo Security, CTP also unveiled new partnerships with a number of IT solutions and services vendors, namely Deep Identity and Nutanix. The event also announced CTP’s strategic alliance with Defenxor, a managed security service provider.

Teddy Sumulong, managing director of CTP said, “Our new partners’ solutions complement our current products and services. Their offerings respond squarely to the growing demand for best-of-breed solutions.”

Currently, CTP also offers products from electrical systems developer Thales, cybersecurity and malware solutions firm FireEye, cloud security systems provider Zscaler, network solutions provider Riverbed, and computer technology company Dell.

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