With 631 active command and control servers, the U.S. far surpasses any other country when it comes to malware-controlled zombie computers, says the antivirus vendor. Read More ..
The United States is responsible for the highest number of botnet servers in the world, according to new data from McAfee.
A map and a list of major countries posted by McAfee yesterday show the greatest concentration of botnet servers to be in the U.S., with 631. That's more than two and a half times higher than the second country on the list -- the British Virgin Islands with 237.
The Netherlands took third place with 154 servers, followed by Russia with 125, Germany with 95, and Korea with 81. Among the Top 10, Canada fared the best with only 38 servers listed.
A botnet describes a group of computers that have been compromised by malware. As such, these computers, or zombies, can be controlled by cybercriminals to send out spam, viruses, and even distributed denial-of-service attacks to other computers. The criminals use command and control, or C&C, servers to issue commands to the unsuspecting computers in the botnet.