The United States – Malware and Spam Central Online

24Feb10

In the online world, on computers and servers hosted within United States is where a lot of cybercrime originates. How often does one read about that? Usually China and Russia are mentioned at the drop of a hat in regards to online malicious activity while there seems to be less focus on such large problems on networks within the United States.

The rankings posted on Spamhaus is one example where one may guage online fraudulent activity. Take a look at the top 10 SBL offenders by country.  The United States is way ahead with over 2000 current SBLs. China is in a distant 2nd place.

Below lists the top 3 as of 2/24/2010.

As at 24 February 2010 the world’s worst Spam Haven countries for production and export of spam are:

1
United States Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 2189

2
China Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 590

3
Russian Federation Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 457

Another gage to use is reported malware websites by ASN, found here on Malicious Networks.  14 out of the 20 ISPs listed are in the United States. This should be of very big concern to all of us. Hosters in the US and elsewhere need to be more proactive in taking down activity deemed as malicious. Webhosting and other organizations with large online content also need to secure their servers better and try to put more measures in minimizing fraudulent signups of accounts.

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