Study: The US Hosts More Than Half Of The Malicious Websites On The Internet

The Germany security firm G Data released its PC Malware report for the second half of 2015 which stated that nearly 60% of “evil” websites are hosted in the US – in the previous half-year, the US hosted 43.3%. The US hosts such a large percentage of malicious websites that the other top countries, Russia, Canada, and China combined only make up 14% of malicious websites. European countries are almost nonexistant in the report with only Italy and Germany registering in at 6% combined.

Interestingly, the amount of websites described as “evil” rose by 45% which shows that the biggest threats to internet users are the websites they visit – and the threat is ever-growing.

According to the report, gambling sites were the most promiment of evil sites, making up nearly 19% of them. Trailing the gambling category are blogs, tech sites, and health sites, clocking in at 13%, 11%, and 10%.

G Data writes: “One might think that the number of visitors to these online casino websites was not that large, but many of the victims did not end up on the gambling site of their own free will, They were involuntarily delivered there via an infected advertising banner (malvertising). And the reach of Web banners is sometimes extremely wide.”

Banking malware appears to be alive and well but none of them held a dominant position. One short-lived piece of baking malware called “Sphinx” utilized Tor for network communication. In late 2015, “Dridex” surged as it made “huge wave of attacks”. The majority of banking malware targeted English-speaking countries as 40% of it targeted the US and 30% targeting the UK.

The study discovered 2,098,062 new variants of malware in the second half of 2015 which tallies up to 5,143,784 for 2015 in total.

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