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Google Online Security Blog

By hagrin - Posted on 06 June 2007

Google recently started their Online Security blog which discusses security related issues encountered on the web and with the infrastructure that powers the Internet. While they only have 3 posts currently, I can see this blog becoming one of my favorite blogs since Google has access to so much security data that I believe that they will be able to identify Internet trends extremely fast and potentially police the Internet in a "gray hat" manner.

Their most recent post talks about web server software and malware infection rates. The Google Online Security team drew some pretty interesting conclusions about web server software and its infection rate in different sections of the world. According to the data they uncovered, malware infected machines were split right down the middle 49% to 49% when talking about infection rates on Apache web servers and IIS servers. However, when looking at the regional infection rates for each, we see that IIS is extremely more vulnerable in the Pacific than anywhere else. Now, one might conclude that people in the Pacific can't secure IIS well, but that would be a poor conclusion. Instead, the Google Online Security team identified (correctly IMO) that the issue stems from the rampant piracy in those areas and the fact that piracted copies of Windows are not privy to receiving updates from Microsoft. Google's Online Security team goes on to state that this may show evidence that Microsoft needs to change their policy and allow for pirated copies of Windows to still receive security updates since pirates will continue to run the software and that these infections hurt valid users more than pirates.

Google has the opportunity here, with their unparalleled data collection abilities to really make a difference in web security and I look forward to seeing exactly what their online security team comes up with in the future.