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World's top Internet domains hosting virus

Last updated on: February 13, 2013 10:24 IST

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Today, the most common way of getting hit by malware is by browsing the Internet. It hasn't always been this way. Years ago, floppy disks were the main malware vector. Then sharing of executable files. Then e-mail attachments. But for the past five years, the Internet has been the main source of malware, according to a new report by F-Secure, an anti-virus, cloud content and computer security company based in Helsinki, Finland.

There is no exploit without a vulnerability. Ultimately, vulnerabilities are just bugs, that is, programming errors. We have bugs because programmes are written by human beings, and human beings make mistakes. Software bugs have been a problem for as longs as we have had programmable computers - and they are not going to disappear, it says.

Let's take a look at top domains hosting malware, a software used or created by attackers to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.

Source: F-Secure

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Mail. ru

Description: Blog hosting, file hosting, various services

Global rank in malware hosting: 1

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Letitbit.net

Description: File hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 2

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Cloudfront.net

Description: Content hosting and delivery, various services

Global rank in malware hosting: 3

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Dropbox.com

Description: File hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 4

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Hotfile.com

Description: File hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 5

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Fc2.com

Description: Blog hosting, file hosting, various services

Global rank in malware hosting: 6

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Google.com

Description: Document hosting, file hosting, search engine, various services

Global rank in malware hosting: 7

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Comcast.net

Description: Site hosting, various services

Global rank in malware hosting: 8

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Sendspace.com

Description: File hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 9

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4shared.com

Description: File hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 10

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Blogspot.de

Description: Blog hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 11

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Amazonaws.com

Description: General hosting, web services, various other services

Global rank in malware hosting: 12

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Sapo.pt

Description: Site hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 13

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Ucoz.com

Description: Site hosting

Global rank in malware hosting: 14

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