Cyber-attackers expand their sites globally, study reveals

A threat intelligence report issued yesterday by IBM's X-Force research and development team identified the United States as the largest culprit of malicious links, hosting 43 percent of the global total. China came in second at eleven percent—almost doubling its 2013 malicious link concentration of six percent, and despite its infamy, Russia took third place.

To obtain these numbers, X-Force researchers analysed 23 billion URLs and IP addresses. Though the data demonstrated an overall decrease in infected C&C servers across the globe, another report by IBM's cyber-security intelligence index revealed that today's companies experience an average 91 million security threats per year. In comparing the two, the combined results suggest that attackers may be broadening their global range rather than decreasing in frequency.