The world’s top 10 dirtiest web-hosting countries

Graham Cluley

My apologies if you were expecting this to be details of which nations had the most porn sites, this is actually all about the top ten countries hosting malware on the web, passing on virus infections to innocent computer users.

Every day Sophos discovers over 50,000 newly infected webpages, and its findings reveal that the problem of compromised websites is truly global.

So, the USA is still the dirty man of the web world – hosting more dangerous infected websites that any other country.

While China and Russia continue to provide some strong competition for the top position, China’s share has dropped considerably from second place with 27.7% in 2008 to third behind Russia with just 11.2% in 2009.

That may surprise some people, as so much emphasis is given in the media to cybercrime and hacking attacks originating from China. But you need to remember that just because the malware is planted on the…

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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, or drop him an email.