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New Research From Nominum Reveals Worst Global Cyber Threats Of 2012

Majority of attacks were carried by malicious bots that were previously unknown
San Francisco, CA – February 25, 2013 – The Nominum security team analyzed DNS data across the globe to identify the worst malicious bots of 2012 and ranked them according to breadth and repercussions of infection. The team found that 2012 was marked by the continuous growth of sophisticated attacks in fixed and mobile networks, and the majority of these attacks were carried by malicious bots that were previously unknown and had no antivirus software signatures available. Since most bots rely on the DNS to propagate and communicate with criminal networks, the DNS layer is an excellent way to identify threats and protect critical infrastructure.

Nominum analyzed DNS data produced from their work with over 140 of the world's top service providers, which accounts for 30% of the world's network traffic, or 1 trillion DNS queries per day. Listed below are the top threats categorized by network and mobile device.

Top 10 Fixed Network Threats

This list shows the top ten malicious bots ranked by the degree of infection around the world. The top ten global bots are a mix of new modern bots and legacy bots. For a more detailed look at this research, read "Top Cyber Threats for Fixed Broadband Networks".