US Hosts the Most Botnet Servers
The United States leads the world in hosting malicious servers that are used to remotely command and control infected user machines and systems. And the US is the second-most frequent target of those systems, a new report from Level 3 Communications shows.
Level 3 monitored communications between some 1,000 command-and-control servers (C2) and their victims earlier this year to get a better sense of botnet behavior and to examine the potential causes for an increase in the use of botnets in denial of service attacks, data theft, and other malicious activities.
It found that 60% of C2 servers are being used for malicious communications targeting corporate networks. Left unchecked, such C2s have the potential to disrupt businesses and destroy their data assets, Level 3 said.