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Hacking, Bad Hosting & False Positives

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:40 in Blogs, Reports by Bryn Thompson

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The Q2 Top 50 Bad Hosts & Networks report encompasses analysis on all 38,030 currently advertised and commercial hosts (ASNs), focusing on the 50 worst offenders. HostExploit is pleased to announce that for the first time, and in collaboration with Group iB, the report is published in English and Russian with both versions available as free downloads. In addition, registration is no longer required to view the public reports.

Download the English report (PDF) here.

Download the Russian report (PDF) here.

Download the Russian report (PDF) here from Group iB.

In a quarter dominated by press stories from self-publicizing hackers such as Anonymous and LulzSec, matched with DDoS attacks and data exfiltration by others, it is easy to overlook the more widespread problems – as an example, there were around 350,000 website defacement hacks in this quarter and 1.5 million in 2010. Additionally, there are currently 800,000 plus web sites hosting malicious exploits and badware.


Current Cyber Security Events and the World’s Worst Hosts

Thursday, 14 April 2011 09:23 in Blogs, Reports by Jart Armin

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HostExploit is pleased to present the Q1 2011 report on the Top 50 Bad Hosts and Networks, taking a look at recent notable events such as the LizaMoon SQL attacks and the takedown of the Rustock botnet.

Download the two page summary (PDF) here and the full report (PDF) here.

In addition to HostExploit’s regular quarterly analysis of the world’s worst hosts for malicious activity – including spam, botnets, badware, phishing attacks and infections – the report looks at the fallout of major hacks and intrusions in the industry and what it means for the hosts themselves. Other pertinent topics such as Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), mobile malware and 32-bit ASNs are discussed.


Repeat Offenders Host Cybercrime Activity

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 08:37 in Blogs, Reports by Will Rogofsky

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The HostExploit (HE) series on worldwide cybercriminal activities continues in the Q4 2010 Report on the ‘Top 50 Bad Hosts and Networks’. The emphasis this quarter is on the repeat offending of some hosting providers.

Download the two page summary (PDF) here and the full report here.

VolgaHost AS29106 is no stranger to the Top 50 reports, having been in the top 10 for the entire 6 months prior to this quarter. And yet the effective badness levels have continued to rise to now take the #1 rank. Particularly prevalent on VolgaHost are Zeus servers and infected web sites.


HostExploit’s Top 50 Bad Hosts 3rd Quarter 2010

Monday, 04 October 2010 17:17 in Blogs, Reports by Will Rogofsky

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HostExploit is pleased to present the Q3 2010 report on the Top 50 Bad Hosts and Networks. The emphasis this quarter is on the most improved hosts, with many of the worst hosts from the last quarter taking steps to remove cybercriminal activity from their servers.

Download the report here.

Bad publicity damages reputations and can be financially detrimental to business. A sobering dose of bad publicity can result in positive action being taken, as Demand Media have demonstrated since the previous report.


Cybercrime goes to Wall Street

Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:26 in Blogs, Reports by Jart Armin


As part of a series of reports on ‘Cybercrime USA’, HostExploit presents a detailed analysis on Demand Media/eNom’s position as #1 Bad Host in the HE Index of comparative Internet badness. Research published in our recent Q2 2010 Top 50 Bad Hosts and Networks Report shows AS21740 Demand Media/eNom topping the HE chart by serving and distributing internet badness through: botnets, spam, malware, infected web sites, and exploit serving. Out of the known 34,738 publicly reported ASes (servers), Demand Media/eNom is shown to be #1 for Internet badness and #1 abusive registrar.

Download the report here.

To demonstrate how the Internet badness served by Demand Media relates to other known centers of badness, we introduce in this report “The McColo Standard of Cybercrime”, whereby scores on our HE Index are illustrated in an easy to understand format and in comparison to how the infamous McColo would have fared using this system. A score of 4 to 5 on the HE Index is an average of all ASes. Much to our surprise, both Demand Media and McColo (using retroactive data from October 2008) scored around 270 indicating high levels of Internet badness. This placed Demand Media firmly in the #1 position on the HE Index.


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