Symantec Calls Shaoxing, China The Malware Capital of the World

Posted Mar 29, 2010

Symantec has named Shaoxing, China the malware capital.  That city accounts for more targeted attacks than any other city. About 30% of all targeted malware attacks and not all malicious email come from China. Targeted attacks account for only 0.02% of all malicious email traffic. Of that 30%, 21.3% is from Shaoxing itself.

The report was created by Symantec’s MessageLabs division. Below is official information from the MLI report on this topic:

– The latest MLI report published on 25th March looks at the nature and origin of targeted attacks. These are carefully crafted malicious emails that are typically sent in low volume with the express purpose of gaining control of a target?s computer for the purpose of industrial espionage and are typically sent to certain individuals and senior executives within businesses.

– With approximately 60 such attacks being intercepted by MessageLabs Protect each day, targeted attacks account for 0.02% of all malicious email traffic, 28.2% of which originated from China, 21.1% from Romania and 13.8% from the US

-The US is the source of 40.9% of all malicious email traffic

Symantec Hosted Services has published a new blog post with additional detail into targeted attacks, explaining why some webmail services may be favored for this type of email attacks. Here?s the link::

[Symantec PDF via Engadget]