Around the World in Eighty Infections


Well, not exactly. We don't have any balloons or men in funny hats - however, you may find this article interesting - it deals with the "local traits" of the US, Europe, China, Russia and more, "local traits" meaning "ability to do nasty things to your PC". According to the writeup, Europe is both attacker and victim, America needs to get a firm handle on where the danger is coming from before it's too late and China's ability to man the walls is severely lacking.

Is it just me, or did they base their study on World War 2?

Joking aside, there's some interesting information presented here:

"...the US does certainly harbour some of the most prolific spammers in the world, as well as the world's three worst ISPs for relaying spam, says Spamhaus."

The depth of Spam coming out of the States is not widely known by Joe Public, and it always seems to come as something of a surprise to them. In addition:

"The most recent figures from MessageLabs suggest almost one-fifth (18.1 per cent) of all compromised machines are located in the US - and it's a fair bet, based on recent police investigations, that many of those doing the infecting are also US-based."


China leads the way in attack volume, with the others playing catchup. Meanwhile, Russia slides down the table with less than 2% of attacks last year and the Middle East is mentioned in connection with Spyware. I have some personal experience of this, and I have to say - those guys are a tough nut to crack.

All in all, a good writeup - however, I'd like to have seen more detail. Some specific examples of what each region gets up to, maybe, or how about some anecdotal evidence. I'd also love to know what kind of actvities are going on in Korea, but that's a whole other ball game...!

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