Beijing accused of being world virus capital

Beijing accused of being world virus capital
Beijing accused of being world virus capital

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By John E. Dunn
04 July 2007

The Chinese capital city Beijing tops the global league table for 
distributing viruses, a new survey has reported.

According to UK-based managed security services companyNetwork Box, 
Beijing accounts for 40 percent of all viruses that passed though the 
company=E2=80=99s servers in June, and 5.25 percent of detected spam.

This compares with slightly lower percentages for cities in countries 
noted for having a malware problem. Moscow was second for spam with 5.12 
percent, Seoul third with 3.58 percent, Turk in Turkey fourth with 3.4 
percent, and London in fifth place on 2.47 percent, statistics that are 
likely to be skewed to some extent by the company=E2=80=99s UK-based customer 

But it is in the area of virus distribution that Beijing outpaces other 
cities in the Network Box figures. Its 40 percent score contrasts 
markedly with much smaller scores for other locations. Not all of these 
are prominent =E2=80=93 the obscure town of Wattleup near Perth in Australia 
comes is number 2 in the chart, with 3.68 percent of viruses. Madrid in 
Spain is third with 2.48 percent, Taipei In Taiwan fourth with 2.35 
percent, and Henan in China fifth on 1.71 percent.

=E2=80=9CThere is a real danger of Beijing becoming public enemy number one for 
global malware. The increases we are seeing are probably down to illegal 
software that can=E2=80=99t be patched. With the rise of compromised machines 
and botnets, this could have far wider implications for global internet 
security,=E2=80=9D said Network Box Managing Director Simon Heron.

China has for some time been notorious for its malware and hacking 
problem. It has variously been accused of officially-backed information 
warfare against the US, and of leading on every malware count experts 
can think up to measure the menace. More recently, crackdowns have 
started to reduce the volume of spam, some have reported.

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