Report Labels U.S. as Top Malware Hosting Nation

Solutionary, a managed security services (MSS) provider, recently released a report stating that 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 along side this impressive stature. 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“, according to the article.

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 US 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 article 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 means for large and small data hosts around the world and the nation as seen in the full article at Info Security Magazine.

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