IT security and control firm Sophos has announced the availability of a new service, Sophos WebAlert, providing website administrators with notification if their site is hosting malicious code.  Experts at the firm have produced a video demonstrating how the service works in simple terms using children's toys.

Sophos threat experts on average detect one new infected webpage every five seconds, and have identified over 380 000 new web pages carrying malware since the beginning of September.  Over 90 percent of these webpages belong to legitimate sites that have been compromised through hacking techniques such as SQL Injection.
"Infected websites pose a threat to all internet users – as simply visiting the site can infect unprotected web users," says Brett Myroff, CEO of regional Sophos distributor, Sophos South Africa.
It is not just small websites that suffer from such attacks. Victims in the past few months have included BusinessWeek, Yahoo! TV, British government websites, UNICEF, MySpace, Sony PlayStation, and the International Tennis Federation.
Sophos WebAlert is available at no additional change to customers of Sophos's Premium and Platinum Support services
"It has been child's play for hackers to infect websites without the owner of the site ever being aware.  Many companies have still not coded their websites correctly or taken the preventative measures necessary to stop infections like this occurring.  Sophos WebAlert provides companies with visibility as to whether their websites are being attacked," Myroff says.