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Malware Making It Big in Central, South America

May 24, 2010

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China may have a reputation for its many malware syndicates, but a recent report from security software vendor Zscaler reveals South and Central America are making strides to catch up. eSecurity Planet reports.

Malware syndicates in China have been implicated in a number of recent high-profile, targeted cyber attacks against American companies and organizations, but the latest data from security software vendor Zscaler indicates a new and equally dangerous threat is emerging in South and Central America.

In its first-quarter "State of the Web" report, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Zscaler aimed to provide some meaningful analysis and context for enterprises struggling to safeguard their data networks from organized groups of hackers and phishers who are exploiting both lax local enforcement and a laissez-faire attitude by international hosting companies to steal identities, assets and intellectual property.

To no one's surprise, the Zscaler report pegs the U.S. as the leading source of malicious traffic including botnets, worms and aggravating SQL-injection attacks. Of course, that's to be expected because the U.S. is also the runaway leader in generating and serving up Internet traffic of all types.

Read the rest of "Malware Is South America's New Growth Industry" at eSecurity Planet.

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