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The dark side

BBC NEWS | Technology | Google searches web’s dark side

One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user’s PC.

Researchers from the firm surveyed billions of sites, subjecting 4.5 million pages to “in-depth analysis”.

About 450,000 were capable of launching so-called “drive-by downloads”, sites that install malicious code, such as spyware, without a user’s knowledge.

A further 700,000 pages were thought to contain code that could compromise a user’s computer, the team report.

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