A new study warns that Web sites containing security certificates are not necessarily safe. The results were somewhat surprising when Web sites bearing the TRUSTe security certificate were compared against a list of known malware sites from McAfee’s Siteadvisor product, a service that black-lists Web sites containing spyware, spam, viruses and online scams.
Web sites that feature the TRUSTe security certificate are two times more likely to contain badware than Web sites without any security certification, spyware and adware researcher Ben Edelman alleges in a new report.
Among others, adware providers Direct-revenue and Webhancer are using TRUSTe certificates in an attempt to look more trustworthy than they really are, Edelman claimed. Direct-revenue is facing legal action from the New York Attorney General for its adware software. Edelman alleged that Webhancer often is installed without the user’s consent.