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Researchers Confirm Increase of Malware Hosted in U.S.

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  July 16, 2014

Security firm Solutionary reported on Tuesday that "_56% of the malware it captured via sensors and other means was hosted in the U.S._", according to a recent article published on the Network World website. The article indicates that according to the firm's quarterly "_global malware distribution and threat report_"  there has been a "_12% increase from six months ago_" and outlined that approximately "_half of the malware overall appeared to originate at 10 Internet service and hosting providers._"

The article listed in the report were well-known providers, including Google, Akamai, Amazon Web Services, GoDaddy, and others. Solutionary's findings – a comparison of what data was found "_in the fourth quarter of 2013_" – also showed that the percentage of actively hosted malware from Go Daddy "_dropped from 14% to 2%_", but websites hosted by Amazon's provided offerings "_showed a massive increase moving from 16% to 41% of the identified malware hosts, retaining their top spot in the top 10_", according to the article. Their report also revealed that the "_new appearance of smaller providers_" like Website Welcome also made it to the top ten listings.

Regarding the increase "in overall U.S. malware share from 44% to 56%_", Rob Kraus, director of research at Solutionary's Security Engineering Research Team, was quoted in the article to say that the jump "_is likely attributed to malicious actors' increased utilization of Amazon's cloud infrastructure and Dropbox. However, it appears Dropbox utilizes some of Amazon's infrastructure to support its cloud storage service. Many of the distributing domains also utilize virtual private servers to distribute warez. Due to the affordability and increased presence of hosting providers, these have become a popular platform for malicious activity."

Read more about the Solutionary report in the full article at Network World and see what this data means for all hosting providers in the eyes of researchers.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  July 16, 2014