China is proving to be a mighty force not only economically, but also as the launching point for malicious software and spam.
In June, some 40 percent of malicious software worldwide
originated from Beijing, nearly doubling from 21 percent in May, said
Simon Heron, managing director for security vendor Network Box Corp.
Spam from Beijing, however, dropped from 11 percent to 5 percent over the same time period, he said.
Beijing kept the number one spot for malware, followed by Wattleup,
Australia, at 3.7 percent, and Madrid, Spain, at 2.5 percent, according
to Network Box.
The percentage is calculated from event logs transmitted by about
700 customers using Network Box's security appliance, which has a
firewall along with antispam, antivirus, antiphishing and content
filtering technologies. The company catches about 4 million samples of
malicious software a day.