McAfee: U.S. Hosts the Most Botnet Servers Worldwide


According to a recent blog post by McAfee Labs' Benjamin Cruz, the U.S. currently hosts more active botnet control servers than any other country, with a total of 631.

"That's more than two and a half times higher than the second country on the list -- the British Virgin Islands with 237," writes CNET News' Lance Whitney. "The Netherlands took third place with 154 servers, followed by Russia with 125, Germany with 95, and Korea with 81. Among the Top 10, Canada fared the best with only 38 servers listed."

"Clusters of botnet servers are also visible in other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia," writes TechEye's Nermin Hajdarbegovic. "Very few botnet servers are hosted in South America. The only continent with no botnet servers? Antarctica."

"Naturally, it’s important to remember that this is just one source of information," writes The Next Web's Emil Protalinski. "Furthermore, many C&C servers have multiple levels of security and disguise to make them appear as if they are actually in another country, and the US is understandably a favorite choice. Yet seeing British Virgin Islands and the Netherlands in second and third, respectively, is difficult to explain."