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Infosec 2013: C&C research finds 93.8 per cent of countries have received a 'callback'

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Infosec 2013: C&C research finds 93.8 per cent of countries have received a 'callback'
Infosec 2013: C&C research finds 93.8 per cent of countries have received a 'callback'
According to research, 93.8 per cent of countries in the world host malware or a command and control (C&C) server.

Research by FireEye of 12 million callback events, found that 184 countries had a callback, or were hosting some sort of malware or crimeware server, of 196 recognised countries.

Its report discovered that Asian and Eastern European countries accounted for the majority of activity, and that the majority of advanced persistent threat (APT) callback activities were associated with APT tools that are made in China or that originated from Chinese hacker groups and the main tool is Gh0st RAT.

Speaking to SC Magazine, FireEye's senior director of malware research, Rob Rachwald, said that UK statistics showed that communications were mostly 'in-country', so attackers were not setting up C&C servers, as they did not have to set them up. “It could be either where the C&C server is, it doesn't mean that the country is attacking, it could be the case that it is being attacked,” he said.

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