Free blogging website and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) subsidiary, Blogger is one of the biggest targets for spammers. The free blog hosting company hosts roughly 2% of malware on the web. The statistic was provided by Sophos, an anti-virus company.
“Blogger accounts for around 2% of malware,” stated Sophos senior technology consultant, Graham Cluley. “It’s head and shoulders above the rest [of the blogging services].”
Spammers take advantage of Blogger since Google indexes their subsidiary pages regularly. “The attraction for the bad guys in targeting Blogger is that things pretty much get spidered instantly into Google, because it [Blogger] is part of Google,” added Cluley. Cluley gave Google credit for getting rid of malicious sites as they are flagged, but over 16,000 spam sites are created everyday. There is only so much that a search engine company can do.
Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs in 1999. Google bought Pyra Labs in 2003 for an undisclosed amount. Blogger accounts are hosted under the domain name, blogspot.com.