By Owen Fletcher
IDG news service
02 July 2009
A massive database of Chinese malware has been opened up to other
Beijing-based KnownSec gathered the viruses and other information with a
crawler that scans nearly 2 million Chinese webites each day, said Zhao
Wei, CEO of the security company. He planned to give a presentation on
the subject at the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)
security conference in Kyoto, Japan later this week.
The database covers more Chinese websites and provides more up-to-date
information about their security than any other, Zhao said. China
produces most of the world's malware, he added.
A history for each site in the database lists dates of malware
infection, the strings of malicious code placed on the sites and which
anti-virus products defend viewers against their attacks. The database
also stores tens of thousands of viruses found being distributed by the
KnownSec each day finds more than 100 Trojan downloader files that have
never been seen before, Zhao said. Each of those can direct a victim's
PC to download up to ten viruses.
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