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PandaLabs Lists ‘Mariposa’ Infected Regions

PandaLabs, a security firm has recently indicated in a distinct report, how the Mariposa has been proliferating across 31,901 urban towns, and 190 nations. Consequently, it shows the Mariposa botnet's scale of distribution, geographically.

In its details, PandaLabs reveal that the most affected nation affected with Mariposa was India, recording 19.14% of all the infections worldwide. Mexico was at second place with 12.85% of the infections, while Brazil occupied third position with the infection rate of 7.74%.

The remaining most infected countries with the Mariposa were Korea at 7.24%, then at 4.94% was Colombia, Russia at 3.14% and then Egypt at 2.99%, occupying fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places respectively. Malaysia at 2.86%, Ukraine at 2.69%, and Pakistan at 2.55% ranked eighth, ninth and tenth positions correspondingly.

Panda Labs' technical director, Luis Corrons, commented on these discoveries and said that the joint efforts made by every entity associated with the Mariposa Working Group helped to bring down the botnet across the world, as reported by Prurgent.com on March 10, 2010.

Corrons added that the Working Group grabbed Mariposa's communication channels and successfully managed to insolate the malicious network from its creators. It then diverted the entire number of requests of the botnet to a Web-server controlled and commanded by the Group. At that time it became evident that the botnet controlled a massive 13 Million Internet Protocol addresses that affected the huge number of nations and urban towns, said Corrons.

Further, according to PandaLabs, the maximum number of infections by the Mariposa bot was observed in countries where awareness on computer security is not included in the priority list. On the other hand, countries such as the U.K., Germany, Japan and the USA, which have prioritized cyber security education, experienced significantly lower rates of infections.

In the meantime, because of the large scale prevalence of the malicious Mariposa network and its infections, PandaLabs suggests every user both at organizations and home to fully scan his PC and ensure that it does not have any Mariposa infection. Additionally, he must update his Internet security software so as to avoid the possibility of a future infection, the company advises.

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