The Solutionary Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) has uncovered many trends during their research efforts this last quarter. Notably, it was found that the United States is the leader in malware hosting, beating out the second leading country, Germany, by a factor of five. Being number one in the this category is not a good thing.
Cloud computing is rapidly becoming cybercriminals’ favorite method of distribution for their malicious endeavors. It’s a cost-effective way for bad guys to quickly get online and avoid geographic blacklisting. Amazon and GoDaddy are the “go-to” providers with a combined 30 percent share. In the report Solutionary provides recommendations for how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can limit risks associated with this trend.
If you are relying exclusively on anti-virus engines to detect all of your malware, you may want to rethink your security strategy. SERT utilizes more than 40 anti-virus engines to check samples before manual analysis begins on the malware. The vast majority of samples made it past all of the checks. Another method of concealing malicious activities was found in a domain that operated across 20 countries, 67 services providers and 199 unique IP addresses in just a two-week period. The report recommends layered security approaches to increase protection against these threats.
Whether compromising servers to distribute malicious packages or infecting end systems, malware distribution represents a serious threat to all organizations. Download the complete report and use the data gathered by Solutionary SERT to decrease your risk of becoming another statistic.