U.S. replaces China as top source of malicious servers
Junw 3, 2010
The USA has replaced China as the top source of computer servers being
used by cybercriminals to dish out malicious programs.
Kaspersky Lab reports that 28% of 1.9 million servers it found
distributing malware in the first three months of this year were located
in the U.S. That compares to China as the source of 33% of 85.9 million
malicious servers Kaspersky tracked down in the final quarter of 2009.
Russia is currently the no. 2 source, accounting for 22.6% of malicious
servers. China has dropped to third. Over the course of a few months,
China has cut the use of malicious servers by more than half.
Chinese authorities recently have begun implementing more stringent
procedures for registering Internet addresses, says Kaspersky senior
researcher Roel Schouwenberg. A written statement is now required from
the domain registrant, he says, and the requesting party must provide
passport information and complete a lengthy application to a national
agency, the CNNIC.