Korea is the World’s Leading Malware Creator
As per the analysis of Internet threats done in March (2010) by Network Box, security firm, Korea has defeated US in the bid of world's biggest Internet diseases producer.
As per the security firm, Korea now estimates for a huge 31.1% of the global malware, an increase from February's (2010) 8.9%. The increase in the use of hacked systems in Korea has raised the production of Korean malware. Also, these hacked systems were employed for circulating malware universally.
Besides this, Korea also has the doubtful credit of being accountable for the largest number of encroachments (12.46%). Recently, South Korea made headlines with the news that private details of 20 Million users had been burglarized and sold on.
Following Korea, US emerged as the second most prolific virus producer, standing steadily at 9.34% since February. U.S. is being followed by Brazil at 6.04%, China at 5.05% and then India at 3.86%.
Also, spam levels are being firm from since March this year, with the largest amount of spam e-mails being generated by the US at 9.7% (a little up from figures of March 2010 - 6.7%). This is followed by India at 6.6%, Brazil at 5.5% and Korea at 5.0%.
Internet Security Analyst for Network Box, Simon Heron, claims that the rise in hacked systems sending phishing e-mails in the country in March indicates the dominance of Korea in the virus league table, as per the news published by Help Net Security on March 31, 2010.
Further, Heron added that it must be noted that they include phishing in their virus statistics, while some firms still do not. Over the past few months, Korea has been witnessed increasing its malware production but particularly March has experienced an intensive effort to raise the production of phishing attacks worldwide.
Moreover, other findings of Network Box include the list of dominant threats in March 2010. The leading threat of the months is nbh-bgtrack with a daily average of 30.8%. Next on the list is spam.phish.url (13.69%), then trojan-spy.html.fraud.gen (3.92%), trojan.win32.fraudpack.amxs (2.95%), spam.porn.porn_nb_pornhint_34 (2.9%), etc.
In addition, trojan-spy.html.fraud.gen (0.019%), trojan.win32.fraudpack.amxs (0.009%), trojan.win32.fraudpack.aown (0.0092%), clm.email.trojan-114 (0.00895%), etc. were the leading trojans threat.
Related article: Korea: Portal Sites Attacked By Phishers
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