Friday, July 29, 2011
A Deeper Look at Malware Networks
Malware and malicious software have been around for years. Malware Networks don’t traditionally come with names, as one might expect, but the security industry has now been tracking the biggest malware offenders for long enough that they’ve been able to identify trends. Traditionally, malware has been identified by particular attacks (and named accordingly), but the reality, is that some networks have grown so large that they have their hands in many different scams at once. And they need names, because these networks are fast, and they’re slippery. The average number of unique host names per day for the top 10 malware delivery networks is 4,107, and an average of over 40,000 users make unwitting requests to malware networks each day.
Read on to get an idea of some of the size, shape and growing threat of larger Malware networks, their points of entry and a list of prevention techniques. This is created by Blue Coat's Senior malware researcher Chris Larsen has pulled data from the company's Mid-Year Security Report, 2011.