Anti-Malware Research

Pushdo Sinkholing Continues, Size of Problem now Apparent

The sinkholing of Pushdo C&C domains continues and it has become apparent that the botnet is of quite sizeable proportions and pretty well spread globally – although some interesting prevalence patterns can be discerned in the new map provided by Bitdefender researchers, summarizing the connection attempts in the past 24 hours.

Pushdo global distribution map by unique IPs
Pushdo global distribution map by unique IPs

As can be seen, Asia is the most affected continent, in a sharp departure from the spreading patterns of other botnets which simply stay proportional with Internet connectivity in the affected countries.


The most affected countries, by number of unique IPs attempting to connect for the past day, are, in order:

Vietnam 1319
India 1297
Indonesia 610
United States 559
Turkey 507
Iran, Islamic Republic of 402
Thailand 345
Argentina 315
Italy 302
Mexico 274

The research project is still ongoing and further data will be made available in the following days.


About the author


Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking. Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since. In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.


Click here to post a comment