New Study Says China, Japan, Australia Prime Targets of Botnets
CenturyLink’s Threat Research Labs recently released data showing that countries with robust or growing IT infrastructures are still hot targets for cybercriminals.
The researchers found that APAC countries China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia received the most attacks from botnets this year. Previously it had been the US, China, Germany, Russia, and the UK. However, it was noted that US, China, and Russia are also the top origins of malicious traffic, while China, South Korea, Japan, India, and Hong Kong hosted the most command-and-control servers used by hackers for gathering and directing botnets. Such botnets are often comprised of breached servers and IoT devices such as smartphones.