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Solutionary, a managed security services (MSS) provider, recently released a report stating that the United States is home to "_44% of all malware_" and newly obtained research shows that cloud providers including Google, GoDaddy, and Amazon are "_spearheading the phenomenon_, "according to an article published by Info Security Magazine.
The article indicates that the U.S. is the "_leading data hosting nation_" which most logically brings the title of "_leading malware-hosting nation_" right alongside this impressive stature. According to the article, the Solutionary report outlines that the U.S."_hosts approximately five times more malware than the second-leading malware-hosting nation, Germany, which is responsible for just 9% of the world's malware_".
Rob Kraus, Solutionary SERT director of research, was quoted in the article to say, "_The information in this report will show our readers how widespread the malware problem truly is and how close it hits to home. We aren't just talking about foreign espionage campaigns, APTs, and breaches; many of these malicious activities are taking place within U.S. borders._" The article states that the "_malware distributors_" have been rapidly fueled by the acceleration of "_cloud computing and cloud services_" where they purchase services "_directly_" or move forward by "_compromising legitimate domains._."
According to the article, malware distributors will "_quickly and cost-effectively develop sites and bring them online._" In the process, the report states, they will "_avoid geographic blacklisting, by hiding behind the reputations of major hosting providers such as Amazon, GoDaddy, and Google._" The Solutionary
report clearly announced as the article quotes, "_Because of the overwhelming geographic dominance of domestically hosted malware, it is evident that geographic blacklisting and blocking strategies are not effective defensive mechanisms for U.S. organizations to use in the fight to detect and block malware attacks._"
Read much more about the findings in the Solutionary report and what this increase and status mean for large and small data hosts around the world and the nation, as seen in the full article at Info Security Magazine.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 28, 2014