Microsoft: 2.2 million US PCs are in a botnet

By Matthew ยท 12 replies
Oct 14, 2010
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  1. Microsoft has released its ninth Security Intelligence Report, providing a detailed look at botnets over the first half of 2010. Botnets controlled almost 2.2 million computers in the US during the second quarter of 2010 -- nearly identical to the first quarter. While that's more than any other region in total infections, South Korea had the highest percentage of bot-controlled systems at 14.6 out of every 1,000 PCs, which compares to 5.2 per 1,000 in the US. Spain was the second most infected, with 12.4 systems out of every 1,000 under control of a botnet. Mexico trailed closely with 11.4 pe...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +858

    Man, those are some jaw-dropping figures. Interesting that most bots come out of Russia and Eastern Europe, yet they rank at the lowest of infected PC's.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    That's actually not nearly as many as I expected...
  4. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    yet that's scary ....

  5. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    Y so many in the US?

    A 23-year-old Slovenian citizen was arrested in July for being suspected of writing the malware

    1 person 2,000,000+ Computers, thats a claim to fame.
  6. DeepThought007

    DeepThought007 TS Rookie

    That's why I run a Linux box.

    I scan once in a while. Never had an infection.

    Who is this 23-year-old Slovenian citizen?
  7. midimench

    midimench TS Rookie

    You run Linux based on your fear of infection on a Windows system? That's your only reason?
  8. running a linux box for fear of virus is like driving a yugo in fear of gas running out........
  9. 90% of all statistics are made up on the spot
  10. You are probably correct in your suspicions - I suspect many go unreported due to various factors involved in the sampling techniques used and the statistical models employed to analyze the data.
  11. en0nym0us

    en0nym0us TS Member Posts: 65

    Maybe Microsoft should start working on a secure OS.
  12. MAC systems are virus-proof OS. why can't Microsoft be?

    They are doing this intentionaly in order to make business for the Anti-Virus companies. Thats it.
  13. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Well really, if you wanted to target people's money, would you go for 20% of them, or ~70% of them? No harm meant, but Malware-writers are more into targeting a bigger sort-of defended bunch of people than a smaller non-defended array, and thus they all adapt their code for Windows.

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