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China emerging as largest spam and virus source

Network Box : 30 December, 2008  (Technical Article)
Network Box break-down of world malware threats shows China heading for the top of the list as the origin of spam and viruses
China is fast becoming the world's greatest source of viruses and spam, according to analysis of security threats in December by managed security firm, Network Box. China is the single biggest source of viruses, accounting for nearly 12 per cent (11.8 per cent) of the world's viruses. It accounts for 10.7 per cent of the world's spam, only just beaten by the US, which is responsible for 11.5 per cent.

This is a significant shift from just two months ago, when the US accounted for 26.5 per cent of all viruses (against China's 9.9 per cent), and 15.4 per cent of spam (against China's 5.5 per cent), in October.

Simon Heron, Internet Security Analyst at Network Box says: "As broadband is taken up in countries like China, Brazil, Korea and even India, it is inevitable that they will have infected systems. Given the take up and the population, these countries will become increasingly significant as sources of malware."

Korea now accounts for just over eight per cent of the world's viruses (up from 6.3 per cent in November), and a massive 29.2 per cent of intrusion attacks - although this is down slightly from November, when it was responsible for nearly 35 per cent of intrusions.

Brazil is creeping up the charts, too - it is now responsible for 5.2 per cent of all viruses, up from 3.4 per cent in November and 2.1 per cent in October.

India has appeared in the list of the top 10 sources of spam for the first time this year, accounting for 2.6 per cent of all spam.


Top Ten Sources of Viruses:

1 China 11.82%
2 US 9.94%
3 Australia 9.04%
4 Korea 8.08%
5 Brazil 5.21%
6 UK 4.08%
7 Turkey 3.22%
8 Poland 3.05%
9 Russia 2.44%
10 Italy 2.30%


Top Ten Sources of Spam

1 US 11.51%
2 China 10.71%
3 Australia 7.98%
4 Brazil 6.71%
5 Korea 5.07%
6 Turkey 4.15%
7 Spain 3.78%
8 UK 3.59%
9 Poland 3.13%
10 India 2.64%


Top Ten Sources of Intrusions

1 Korea 29.29%
2 US 13.82%
3 UK 6.83%
4 Malaysia 5.24%
5 Australia 4.71%
6 Hong Kong 4.51%
7 China 4.50%
8 Brazil 3.51%
9 Turkey 1.77%
10 Poland 1.47%


Top Ten Viruses

1 spam.phish.url 56.29%
2 nbh-bscript 11.40%
3 can-2003-0161 4.52%
4 trojan-spy.html.fraud.gen 2.96%
5 virus.win32.virut.a 2.05%
6 clm.html.phishing.pay-36 1.36%
7 net-worm.win32.mytob.c 1.09%
8 trojan.win32.fraudpack.hes 0.82%
9 trojan-spy.win32.zbot.gxn 0.82%
10 clm.html.phishing.bank-72 0.72%


Top Ten Trojans

1 trojan-spy.html.fraud.gen 0.032%
2 trojan-spy.win32.zbot.gxn 0.013%
3 trojan.win32.fraudpack.hes 0.007%
4 trojan-mailfinder.win32.agent.we 0.003%
5 trojan-dropper.win32.agent.aarg 0.002%
6 trojan-spy.win32.zbot.hth 0.001%
7 trojan.win32.fraudpack.hsq 0.001%
8 trojan-downloader.win32.injecter.bca 0.001%
9 trojan-downloader.win32.injecter.ga 0.001%
10 trojan-downloader.win32.agent.asiv 0.001%


Top Ten Intrusions

1 NETBIOS 28.427%
2 BOGON 9.297%
3 PINGFLOOD 6.734%
4 HTTP-S-WEBDAV 0.0288%
5 ICMP 0.0120%
6 HTTP-S-WEBDEX 0.010%
7 SOBIG-F 0.007%
8 HTTP-S-NIMDA 0.002%
9 HTTP-S-UNIXATTACK 0.002%
10 HTTP-S-CODERED 0.001%
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