The research showed that vulnerable webservers were routinely hijacked for “cheap hosting and traffic acquisition”. Google recorded 760,935 “hijacking incidents” within the period but said that its direct communication with webmasters had curbed the amount of breaches.
Google’s Safe Browsing Alerts sendnotifications to network administrators when harmful URLs are detected on their networks. It said that these had increased the likelihood of a “cleanup” by over 50 percent and reduced “infection lengths” by at least 62 percent.
WordPress experienced the most breaches. The platform accounted for almost half of all attacks.
Attacks were primarily conducted on websites run in English, with attacks on Chinese, German, Japanese and Russian language websites following closely behind.
Google currently monitors approximately 40 percent of all active networks on the web.