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A compromised machine is often used as a proxy for spam, botnets, denial of service, or other types of malicious activities. These machines can be located anywhere in the world, but for Q1 many were located in the United States. Based on data collected from the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence™ network, the United States was the primary source of SQL-injection attacks and cross-site scripting attacks, and also had the highest number of victims of both attacks. The United States currently houses the most botnet control servers, and the location point for the vast majority of new malicious websites, with an average of 9,000 new bad sites recorded per day.

McAfee recently released the McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012, which exposes an increase in malware across all platforms. The report shows that in Q1, PC malware reached its highest levels in four years, as well as a steep increase in malware targeting the Android platform. Mac malware was also on the rise, indicating that total malware could reach the 100 million mark within the year.

“In the first quarter of 2012, we have already detected 8 million new malware samples, showing that malware authors are continuing their unrelenting development of new malware,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “The same skills and techniques that were sharpened on the PC platform are increasingly being extended to other platforms, such as mobile and Mac; and as more homes and businesses use these platforms the attacks will spread, which is why all users, no matter their platforms, should take security and online safety precautions.”

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