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US is the Capital of Malware

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the United States of America hosted 44% of all malware. That’s almost 5 times more than the second-leading malware-hosting nation: the United Kingdom, who only came in at 10%. That’s quite a lead for the U.S. So which brands are hosting malware, unintentionally? Amazon is reportedly responsible for 16%, while Go Daddy comes in at a close second with 14%. This data is especially interesting, when you think about how many articles cite Eastern Europe as the culprit. Don’t be fooled – the US is now producing more volumes of malware code than anyone else in the world.   It’s no surprise really, we know hackers follow the money, and with the US being one of the wealthiest nations on the planet, why wouldn’t they be targeting the area where the most money is changing hands. However, it is concerning that such a high level of malware is able to remain in existence in a place with more advanced laws and practices. The up side to this is that authorities can take action when they locate the malware based in the US, which means justice will be served. Were you surprised by this stat? Tell us who you thought would be No.1 on the malware list.

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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