Top malware countries revealed

Kaspersky Lab released its annual Kaspersky Security Bulletin recently, revealing that the United States was the top malware hosting country in 2012.

According to the Kaspersky Lab report, servers located in the United States were the most frequently used to host and deliver malicious objects (25.5% of all incidents). Russia occupies the second place with 19.6% followed by the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.

“This is a significant change compared to years past: in 2010 the majority of malware was hosted in China,” said Kaspersky Lab.

“Changes in domain registration policies and other regulations taken by Chinese authorities resulted in the rapid decline of malicious hosts originating from the country.”

Russia and former USSR republics occupy the top places in the web attacks chart, but 31 countries (including UK, Australia and Canada) in total have also joined them in the “high risk” group. In these countries at least 41% of users were attacked online in 2012.

Bangladesh, Sudan, Malavi, Tanzania and Rwanda form the top five countries where users are most frequently attacked with local malware infections.

Top 5 malware hosting countries

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. The Netherlands
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom

Top 5 countries with the highest frequency of web attacks

  1. Russia
  2. Tajikistan
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Armenia
  5. Kazakhstan

Top 5 countries where infected files are most frequently discovered

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Sudan
  3. Malawi
  4. Tanzania
  5. Rwanda

Top 5 countries with lowest infection rates

  1. Denmark
  2. Japan
  3. Finland
  4. Sweden
  5. Czech Republic

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