Posts Tagged ‘Malware’
LeaseWeb, a leading global hosting provider, is sponsoring StopBadware (www.stopbadware.org) to make the internet safer through the prevention, mitigation, and remediation of malware websites. LeaseWeb will provide hosted server infrastructure, physical capacity and redundancy for the network and services, to support the growth of the global initiative.
In the last few days an FBI raid on a data center in Virginia, targeting one malware server put offline many legitimate companies, with many servers down for days after the seizure.
Failure to enforce good security policies and operations can be expensive for hosts and their clients. Successful hosts must deal with a wide range of security issues as a regular part of doing business in an internet environment. Inevitably, the actions of some clients create serious security issues that need to be addressed by hosts quickly and cost effectively.
Cybercrime dominated the IT and national press in 2010 with many high profile incidents from global cyber attacks to international botnet busts. Stuxnet, which is a form of malware that targets industrial equipment appeared in June 2010, and changed the cyber security landscape as we know it. The Stuxnet incident provided a wakeup call to businesses and governments. Stuxnet reinforced the idea that cyber warfare has become very real and a serious threat to internet security. The FBI recently announced it logged its two millionth internet crime complaint in November, reflecting the continued growth of cybercrime.
Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting the administrator of the site Abuse.ch, the leading Zeus tracker site. Abuse.ch is one of a number of sites LeaseWeb supports under its Community Outreach Project to make the internet a safer and better place. LeaseWeb works with many not-for-profit organizations that monitor the web for malicious activity, offering free hosting and servers in return for the information that these groups collect on suspected internet security issues.