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China tops list of largest virus sources

Network Box : 04 March, 2009  (Technical Article)
Threat report for February from Network Box identifies China as the country which has now eclipsed the US as the largest country source of viruses
China now accounts for 15.7 per cent of all viruses, according to statistical analysis in February by managed security firm, Network Box. This is second only to the US, which now accounts for 16.04 per cent of the world's viruses.

China's rise as a dominant source of threats has been rapid; last month it accounted for just 3.9 per cent of viruses, so it will be interesting to see if this increase is permanent. Korea has also increased the percentage of viruses for which it is responsible: 10.8 per cent in February, up from 8.9 per cent in January.

The US is still the main source of the world's spam. February saw an increase in the overall spam output from the country, at 13.4 per cent of all spam, up from 9.36 per cent in January.

Korea once again showed its dominance in the intrusions charts, accounting for 25.4 per cent of all intrusions (up from 22.2 per cent in January). The US is still in second place, at 13.2 per cent.

Simon Heron, Internet analysis for Network Box, says: "We said last year that China and Korea were the countries to watch and we are now seeing increasing activities from these countries. Despite its position at the top of the charts, the overall percentage of threats is down from the US, with China catching up rapidly."

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