Dec 17 2007
Well 2008 is suppose to be the year of the Chinese hacker…wasn’t 2004 also their year? Anyway, to keep up this winning streak, they have also made it to the top of the list of countries hosting malware.
Even though this is a bit old, from Oct of this year, I thought it was interesting.
So where does all this malware come from? In order to answer that question, it’s necessary to take a look at the solutions used by cyber criminals to host malware.
Malware hosted on the Internet can be present through a range of ways. It can be found on compromised home machines, which are infected with bots running tiny HTTP servers that become distribution points. Or it can be present on the hacked websites of ISPs. A very popular choice is companies that give away small amounts of free web space for users to build their own homepage. Such samples include www.pochta.ru, www.googlepages.com, www.100freemb.com, www.dump.ru or www.home.ro.
There have also been cases where stolen credit cards were used to purchase a domain name and a hosting package from a legitimate ISP; these were then used to distribute malware.
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