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Report: 70% Of Exploit Kits Out Of Russia
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 01:51:47 -0600 (CST)


By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Dark Reading
Jan 22, 2013

Old bugs never really die, a new study shows: nearly 60 percent of vulnerabilities used by popular exploit kits are over two years old, according to a new study by Solutionary's Security Engineering Research Team (SERT).

And 70 percent of the 26 exploit kits reviewed in the study were released or created in Russia. The next-closest region for kit origination is China, with 7.7 percent of them. And interestingly, despite the wave of DDoS attacks on U.S. banks, there was an overall reduction in distributed denial-of-service attacks for the period of the study, the fourth quarter of 2012.

The wildly popular and pervasive BlackHole 2.0 actually exploits fewer vulnerabilities than other kids do, the report found. The Phoenix exploit kit, meanwhile, uses 16 percent of all bugs being exploited.

"SERT identified a large number of the exploit kits have been developed and distributed from Eastern Europe. SERT sees a continuation of previous trends with the majority of attacks and exploit kit hosts coming from Russia, followed by China and then Brazil," the report says.


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