McAfee reveled their latest report:McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2010. In it, McAfee uncovers the biggest threats to computers as well as an interesting fact: 98% of the new malicious URLs come from just one geographic location. Can you guess where?
If you guessed the US, you’re spot on. “At 98 percent, the United States hosts the majority of new malicious URLs in Q1 2010, as rated by McAfee® TrustedSource® technology. The massive share of new malicious URLs hosted in the U.S. is due to the location of many different Web 2.0 Services, most of which are provided with U.S. locations. Within the remaining 2 percent, China hosted 61 percent and Canada hosted 34 percent.”
“Our latest threat report verifies that trends in malware and spam continue to grow at our predicted rates,” said Mike Gallagher, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Global Threat Intelligence for McAfee. “Previously emerging trends, such as AutoRun malware, are now at the forefront. We were also surprised to find some of geographic difference in spam related topics, such as the volume of diploma spam coming out of China.”
Attackers continued to use the latest search trends to further their efforts. Haiti and Chili earthquake disasters led the list along with Toyota recall, Apple iPad and NCAA March Madness.
Another interesting fact, developing nations are the most infected. With soaring percentages of internet use growth, these users are typically less security savvy and thus become hooked by these malicious URLs and their malware.