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25 June 2008, 09:43

China still tops the league for infected sites

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A new report from StopBadware confirms yet again China's leading role in distribution of badware – "malicious software that tracks your moves online and feeds that information back to shady marketing groups …".

Using Google's Safe Browsing initiative list as its sample, the research found (PDF) that the IP addresses of 52 per cent of the 213,575 identified badware sites resolved to networks registered in China. The researchers point out however that this does not necessarily imply that the networks are Chinese owned or managed. They also state that the identified sites "may be deliberately participating in the distribution of malware or may be compromised through manual or automated means."

America comes second in the badware league, with 21 per cent of the sample, and no other single country comes close to these two leaders. Despite the notoriety of the Russian Business Network, the Russian Federation contributes less than four per cent.


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