[Infographic] Where Malware Comes From
Malware is a worldwide problem. If there is electricity, an Internet connection and a computer, there will be viruses, worms, Trojans and other sneaky programs trying to gain access to your computer. Where do these nasty creatures come from?
A large percentage of the world’s malware comes from China. According to AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange platform, China is the capital of malicious Internet addresses, based on 95,249 addresses analyzed. The United States comes in second with 60,346, well ahead of the third, fourth and fifth malware vectors: South Korea (16,115), Russia (13,367) and Taiwan (12,504).
How is this malware being delivered? The average virus wants to find its way into computers. Direct injection (where a virus is not hidden in a different type of file) is fairly rare. Far more commonly, malware hitches a ride on an otherwise benign file. This is the reason why security programs scan all files downloaded to a computer. The top malware-infested file type is .exe, the most common file type for a Windows program.