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China now second to US as source of malware and spam


China is becoming a headache for the cyberworld, trailing only the US in contributing malicious software, or "malware," and spam, a recent survey says.

The Asia-Pacific region as a whole has overtaken the US as the top contributor to malware, the cyberworld's biggest headache, an IT security specialist's report said yesterday.

Asia also emerged second to the US in spreading unsolicited e-mails, said Sophos' Security Threat Report 2007, fueled predominantly by China.

Countries in Asia took four out of the top 10 spots in the rankings of countries that hosted the most Web-based malware last year.

The breakdown in the Business Times showed the US was first on the list and played host to nearly 34.2 percent of malicious Internet programs.

China followed at 31 percent, Taiwan at 1.7 percent, Hong Kong at 1 percent and South Korea at 0.9 percent.

When combined, the four regions accounted for 34.6 percent of malware.

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