Microsoft Finds U.S. Leads In Botnets

Microsoft Finds U.S. Leads In Botnets
Microsoft Finds U.S. Leads In Botnets 

By Thomas Claburn
October 14, 2010 

At the RSA Conference 2010 in London on Wednesday, Microsoft said that 
it had cured 6.5 million botnet-infected computers during the second 
quarter of 2010, twice the number identified and removed during the same 
period in 2009.

The United States has the dubious honor of being the country with the 
most botnet infections. Microsoft identified 2.2 million computers 
compromised by botnet malware in the U.S. during the second quarter of 
the year, four times more than Brazil, where 550,000 botnet infections 
were identified.

South Korea, fourth in overall infection count, had the highest density 
of botnet infections, with 14.6 per thousand machines scanned by 

"Botnets are the launch pad for much of today's criminal activity on the 
Internet," said Adrienne Hall, general manager of Microsoft' trustworthy 
computing group, in a blog post. "In many ways, they are the perfect 
base of operations for computer criminals."


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