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Barracuda serves a slice of web-security pizza

cookie pizza.jpgHere at MicroScope we pride ourselves on being utterly uncorruptible and, er, it looks like that longstanding tradition is set to continue.

The arrival of a phenomenally sweet pizza - or is it actually a giant cookie - at Channel Towers on Tuesday afternoon was greeted with initial enthusiasm by the team.

But thanks to the PRs at Spreckley - ever with an eye for a good publicity stunt - and their clients Barracuda Networks, we embarked on an epoch-defining sugar rush and work was pretty much done for the day.

The hook? I seem to remember there was one, is the release of a new Barracuda security report that highlights the growing threat to corporate networks of malware-ridden search engine results.

Barracuda analysed data from Bing, Google, Twitter and Yahoo!, covering 25,000 trending topics and 5.5 million search results, and found that Google churned out the most malware-compromised links, delivering more than twice the amount of Bing, Twitter and Yahoo! combined.

Naturally Internet users generally have themselves to blame for falling victim to a dodgy search engine result, with cyber-crooks exploiting both popular topics of online chatter and old, frequently pornographic stalwarts.

Tuesday, the study suggests, is the most dangerous day of the week to carry out an online search, so you're safe(r) for a few more days..

Things, and in particular this pizza, ain't always what they seem, says Barracuda.

This was first published in July 2010

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