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Google raises fears, says hacking of corporate websites to surge this year

Cybersecurity trends report released by Google Inc. on Monday has predicted that cases of hacking websites may rise this year considering the 2016 trend which grew by 32 percent.

Though the report indicated a little relief in sight, the company said “We don’t expect this trend to slow down. As hackers get more aggressive and more sites become outdated, hackers will continue to capitalize by infecting more sites.”

In a post on its webmaster blog, Google, which inserts security warnings when it detects hacked sites, said most of those warned can clean up their pages, but that 61 percent are not notified because their sites are not verified by the search engine.

It noted that “As always, it’s best to take a preventative approach and secure your site rather than dealing with the aftermath,” the blog said. “Remember a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”

The news comes amid growing concerns over cybersecurity in the wake of massive hacks affecting Yahoo, the US government and major e-commerce firms.

According to Google, certain website hacks often follow similar patterns — some insert “gibberish” on a page, while others create Japanese text that links to fake brand merchandise sites.

It added that “Hacking behavior is constantly evolving, and research allows us to stay up to date on and combat the latest trends”.

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