[photopress:Wattleup_Hall_3.jpg,full,alignright]In June, some 40% of malicious software worldwide originated from Beijing, nearly doubling from 21% in May. This according to Simon Heron, managing director for security vendor Network Box. One realizes that Simon Heron would not say that unless it was so. Thus it must be. He also says it dropped from 11% to 5% over the same time period. With him there, every step of the way.
At which point the wheels come off the trolley.
Simon Heron says that after Beijing at number one spot for malware comes, at second position, Wattleup, Australia, at 3.7%.
Wattleup is not even a town. It is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, within the City of Cockburn. Its postcode is 6166.
As of 2001, it has been part of the Hope Valley-Wattleup development program, which has meant the demolition of most of the houses in the area for future industry. It is big on amateur fishing. The community page has a box: Linx Outta Here!
Not that everyone in Wattleup feels the same way. Some are elderly Poms who like the place. In fact, Perth, which is the most isolated city in the world, is full of Poms.
So this little part of a suburb of the most isolated city in the world is the second biggest creator of malware in the world? Get away with you.
The telephone number person in Perth very kindly checked for me and said there is no Mal Ware living in Wattleup. Nor yet a Mal Wear.
At which point we can look on these figures with, perhaps, a querulous eye.
Network Box says it worked out the figures 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.
Simon Heron said, ‘If you finally have your Trojan onto a system, you don’t really want it running somebody else’s software because there’s a better chance the user will realize it and do something about it. I guess there’s no honor amongst thieves.’
Certainly not in Wattleup. Mark you, if anyone finds this Mal Ware he will not be allowed to drink at the Digger’s Club, that I can promise you.
Source: Network World
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