The Internet Suffix Of The “Evil Empire” Is Alive And Well
More than 120,000 sites are operating in the .su domain space assigned to the former Soviet Union, and a significant number of them are up to no good. Getting rid of the suffix would be "a messy operation."
First assigned to the Soviet Union a year before its 1991 dissolution, the Internet suffix .su has now become home to what Group-IB’s Andrei Komarov believes is “more than half the cybercriminals in Russia.” The number of malicious sites in the domain space doubled in both 2011 and 2012, according to the group, one of Russia’s official Internet watchdog organizations. Some of the sites help control botnets that send spam, steal from bank accounts, and hold computers’ hard drives hostage. In other domain spaces, these sites are usually eliminated quickly, but in this one they can operate for weeks or months at a time.
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