U.S. and China host majority of malware

StopBadware.org has released their May 2008 Infected Sites Report(PDF). They took their current list of 213K active badware websites and resolved the IP addresses. These addresses were used to determine the network block owner and country. The results could be skewed to networks Google scans more often, but they should give a decent overall picture. China hosts 52% of all the badware sites while the U.S. has 21%. There weren’t any other countries maintaining over 4% of the total. They also calculated the number of infected sites per capita, which China also led. Last year’s report resulted in several AS block maintainers cleaning up to the point that they don’t even make the top 250 this year.


  1. miked says:

    i do not approve of this post.

    not a hack.

  2. Lars says:

    I usually just read Hack a Day – and love it. But lately I’ve been seeing a decline in quality with posts like this leaking in. So I feel I have to say that I don’t think these kind of articles belong on Hack a Day.. at all. There are plenty of other blogs for that (slashdot, etc). Please let Hack a Day remain pure.

  3. Devon Young says:

    I’m not surprised. Although, I am a bit shocked at how big a lead China’s taken in malware. WOW.

  4. Koray says:

    So what?..

  5. I am not surprised about China being top of the list. The US is actually third per capita. I would not have expected the US to be that high on the list.

  6. Buster says:

    Well I’m gonna consider this crap post the end for me. Hack a day used to be pretty sweet, now it’s just… bleh. So this is the last time I’ll be coming here. Time to find som’n better that actually delivers

  7. guy says:

    nice to see Nigeria isn’t in the top 7. are they cleaning up, or have the scammers just moved to other countries?

  8. Dexter says:

    Still amazing that over half the scumware comes from China.
    I’m surprised India didn’t make the list.

  9. joe says:

    Not a hack, and not at all surprising. I’d bet that most of the bad sites in china originate from the Chinese government. Damn commies!

  10. NOT A HACK says:

    this is showing how a once fantastic site can become trash

    thanks for destroying this site. we relay like it like this now maybe some posts on how gotsey is hacking would go down a treet

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