SophosLabs maps malware and spam with Google Earth

Graham Cluley

Every day SophosLabs receives millions and millions of pieces of data from around the globe about the latest malware and spam campaigns. Our worldwide network of spamtraps and honeypots as well as other sources provide us with second-by-second reports of the latest hacks, scams and worm attacks.

Last year we began to transpose some of this huge amount of data onto Google Earth. SophosLabs director Mark Harris blogged at the time about how the team did this in order to give a unique visual view of a huge internet problem to visiting television companies.

In July 2007, a TV crew visited our offices and filmed some of our technology at work, identifying the location of compromised botnet computers sending malicious spam. We were also able to show what happens when an innocent user clicks on a link in spam, making their computer leapfrog from country to country around the globe, downloading malicious code from hacked…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.