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Rise in malware prominence outside USA

Network Box : 01 December, 2008  (Technical Article)
As a result of the shut-down of the McColo server in America, other countries gain in prominence for malicious code and spam proliferation
Thirty-five percent of all Internet intrusion attacks are coming from Korea, according to managed security firm, Network Box. Analysis of all Internet threats in November by the company shows that Korea accounts for more than double the intrusions of its nearest competitor, the US (14 per cent).

Spam and viruses are on the decline from the US, following the shutdown of the McColo spam hosting service earlier this month. Although over the full month, the US was the biggest source of spam and viruses, this dropped sharply towards the end of November, when China took the top spot in the spam charts.

Simon Heron, Internet Security Analyst at Network Box says: "We expect to see China as the primary source of spam next month, with Russia significantly increasing its output. McColo's shutdown has had a dramatic effect on the malware output - both spam and viruses - from the US. However, we are seeing spam levels increasing again though not currently back up to levels we saw before McColo closed in the US."

Top Ten Viruses:

1 Spam.phish.url 35.67821%
2 Can-2003-0161 14.69491%
3 Trojan-spy.html.fraud.gen 5.30703%
4 Trojan-dropper.win32.agent.yzp 4.05881%
5 Nbh-bscript 3.16169%
6 Spam.porn.spam_nb_porn_subj_csk_1 2.50091%
7 Nbh-multext 2.35456%
8 Policy_prohibits_'exe'_nested_at 1.79322%
9 Trojan-psw.win32.agent.lcc 1.78064%
10 Clm.html.phishing.pay-36 1.31201%

Top Ten Trojans:.

1 trojan-spy.html.fraud.gen 0.11455%
2 trojan-dropper.win32.agent.yzp 0.09805%
3 trojan-psw.win32.agent.lcc 0.05511%
4 trojan-spy.win32.zbot.fql 0.03281%
5 trojan-spy.win32.zbot.frh 0.02655%
6 clm.trojan.agent-61609 0.01474%
7 trojan.win32.agent.amzt 0.01355%
8 trojan-downloader.win32.small.afzf 0.00847%
9 trojan-spy.win32.zbot.ghq 0.00711%
10 trojan-downloader.win32.agent.anaq 0.00636%

Top Ten Intrusions:.

1 NETBIOS 35.61600%
2 BOGON 13.72736%
3 PINGFLOOD 7.14538%
4 HTTP-S-WEBDAV 0.03116%
5 ICMP 0.02818%
6 HTTP-S-WEBDEX 0.01964%
7 SOBIG-F 0.01383%
8 HTTP-S-NIMDA 0.00477%
9 HTTP-S-UNIXATTACK 0.00439%
10 HTTP-S-IISATTACK 0.00378%

Top Ten Sources of Viruses:.

1 US 19.49704%
2 China 6.49728%
3 Korea 6.36452%
4 Australia 5.46776%
5 UK 4.40333%
6 Ukraine 4.39740%
7 Turkey 3.88654%
8 Russia 3.60779%
9 Brazil 3.42233%
10 Spain 2.77787 %

Top Ten Sources of Spam:.

1 US 14.43738%
2 China 9.99901%
3 Korea 6.67193%
4 Turkey 6.31428%
5 Australia 5.94338%
6 UK 4.46450%
7 Brazil 4.19417%
8 Spain 4.10385%
9 Russia 3.83448%
10 Poland 2.77324%

Top Ten Sources of Intrusions

1. Korea 34.90125%
2. US 15.97265%
3. Hong Kong 8.88417%
4. China 8.45910%
5. Malaysia 5.59282%
6. Australia 3.90484%
7. Turkey 1.46664%
8. Brazil 1.15039%
9. UK 1.00705%
10. Poland 0.95489 %
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