Russian internet host PROXIEZ-NET has been taken offline, according to reports from the BBC.
Popular with cyber gangs, PROXIEX-NET had advertised itself as being impossible to shut down, but as we have seen with the McColo shutdown in November 2008 it is possible and it does make it harder for criminals to find a place to host their server.
However, it does not mean that the cyber crooks won’t be back up and running in fairly swift order. We saw a dramatic fall in spam as a result of the McColo shutdown, but levels returned to pre-shutdown highs the following month.
However, it does not mean that the cyber crooks won’t be back up and running in fairly swift order.
Still, taking the host offline does inconvenience the criminal gangs, and may serve to discourage hosts from obliging criminals.
(The cost of the hosting may also go up – which will hopefully drive some of the criminals out of business).
According to our most recent statistics, Russia produces 5.3 per cent of the worlds viruses, 3.2 per cent of spam, and is responsible for 7.7 per cent of the worlds intrusions.
As PROXIEZ-NET was one of the more popular hosts for cyber gangs, theses figures look set to fall – at least for now.
UK Producing More Internet Viruses as Russian Levels Decline:
Our May threat statistics are out and show that the UK is now responsible for almost six per cent of the World’s internet viruses (production is up from 3 per cent in April).
This makes the UK the third largest producer of viruses after Korea (at over 16 per cent) and the US (at almost 12 per cent).
This growth in the UK suggests that end users in the UK are not being careful and either visiting malicious sites or running executable attachments to their emails.
It also suggests that they are not installing good anti-virus software which is probably the most vital step in defending themselves.
It should be kept in mind that if a computer is sending out viruses, it is ‘owned’ by the hacker who is running the virus and may also be running software to find passwords and credit card details. .
Russia has seen a decline in virus production, which may be as a result of PROXIEZ-NET being taken down, but we shouldn’t assume that this trend will last.
As we saw with the McColo shutdown in 2008, cyber-criminals tend to bounce back from these setbacks quickly.