China takes spyware crown

As we all know, the U.S. is first in a lot of things... World's largest economy, largest military, birthplace of the Blues, and Jazz, Easy Cheese... the list goes on and on.

Up until recently, we were also the World's leader in spyware. No longer. According to the latest statistics from anti-spyware firm Webroot and shared with TechWatch, China is now home to around 42 percent of the Web sites hosting spyware, more than double that of the U.S., at 17 percent.

The statistics come from Webroot's Phileas automated spyware reconnaisance technology and is a marked departure from just a few months ago. In Q4, 2005, the U.S. was home to the most so-called "exploit sites" that distribute spyware, albeit just barely, with 30.54 percent compared with China's 30.31 percent. But no longer. InfoWorld Tech Watch | InfoWorld | China takes spyware crown | May 8, 2006 06:19 PM | By Paul Roberts

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 11th May 2006 12:37AM