By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
24th June 2008
Almost half the websites pushing malware are hosted by just 10 networks,
according to a new report that adds new support to the growing argument
that a relatively few number of actors are responsible for most of the
The report (PDF) from StopBadware.org also showed a dramatic rise in
China's role in the malware epidemic. Six of the 10 networks were
internet service providers or backbone providers based in China and
hosted more than 41 percent of the malicious websites.
Not that US companies weren't also contributing to the problem. Three
American companies also made the list, including Google, whose blogs
hosted 4,261 sites, or about 2 percent of the booby-trapped
The findings come a few weeks after anti-spam outfit Knujon released a
separate report that found that almost 75 percent of spam sites were
signed up by just 10 registrars. Once again, the three biggest offenders
were located in China and included Xinnet Bei Gong Da Software,
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