Community Project Crushes 100,000 Malware Sites in 10 Months


Nearly 100,000 malware distribution websites have been identified and taken down over the course of 10 months as part of an project called URLhaus

Launched at the end of March 2018 with the purpose of collecting and sharing URLs used for malware distribution, the project has already proven a great success and enjoyed help from the community, says. 

During the past 10 months, 265 security researchers around the world have identified and submitted in average 300 malware sites each day. On average, URLhaus counts between 4,000 and 5,000 active malware distribution sites daily. 

“2/3 of the top malware hosting networks are hosted either in the US or China,” reveals.

URLhaus has been successful among hosting providers as well, helping them identify and address compromised websites hosted on their networks. 

One aspect that still requires improvement, however, is the average takedown time. At the moment, malware distribution sites stay active for more than a week on average (8 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes), which allows them to infect thousands every day.

The takedown of malware sites hosted in China, reveals, is higher compared to other countries, with the three top Chinese malware hosting networks needing more than a month to take action against these sites.

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