Why Malware Makes You See "Red"
Our Guest Blogger, Andrew Domino, is a freelance writer from Kalamazoo, Michigan. His web site is dominowriting.com. He wanted to share interesting news about innovation in China with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article:
* * * * *China is facing plenty of problems with the Internet, thanks to a restrictive government. But at least it's getting a handle on malware. A new study reveals that Russia is to blame for most of the damaging software found online.
Computer security company PC Tools said this month that about 26.5 percent of the world's supply of malware comes from China. Still a big amount, but not as much as Russia, which provides almost 28 percent of all malware. The U.S. is in third place, with only 10 percent.
Security companies had been able to track a lot of malware because it was tied together by a distributor called the Russian Business Network. RBN has since been shut down, so the one big predator has turned into a feeding frenzy of smaller distributors. A computer analyst said Russian malware hosting is growing around the world, including Panama, Turkey, and east Asia, including China.
Wherever it's from, malware can be held at bay with a firewall and anti-malware programs like PC Tools' "Spyware Doctor" and the free "AVG." Some of the basic search guidelines are effective too, like not clicking on unknown sites and not responding to pop-up ads. This is old news for regular computer users, but reliable anti-malware is something new for inexperienced web travelers.
You can see an interesting nteractive map of malware threats at ThreatExpert.com , a site providing an automated threat analysis system designed to analyze and report the behavior of security-related risks .