Studying Malicious Websites and the Underground Economy on the Chinese Web

Zhuge, Jianwei ; Holz, Thorsten ; Song, Chengyu ; Guo, Jinpeng ; Han, Xinhui ; Zou, Wei

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Corporate creators: Lehrstuhl für Praktische Informatik 1
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-17184
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2007
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Business Informatics and Mathematics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsmathematik
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen der Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik > Institut für Informatik > Technical Reports
Subject: 004 Computer science, internet
Classification: CCS: K.6.5, D.4.6,
Subject headings (SWD): Computersicherheit , Malware
Keywords (English): Client Honeypots , Malicious Websites , Underground Economy
Abstract: The World Wide Web gains more and more popularity within China with more than 1.31 million websites on the Chinese Web in June 2007. Driven by the economic profits, cyber criminals are on the rise and use the Web to exploit innocent users. In fact, a real underground black market with thousand of participants has developed which brings together malicious users who trade exploits, malware, virtual assets, stolen credentials, and more. In this paper, we provide a detailed overview of this underground black market and present a model to describe the market. We substantiate our model with the help of measurement results within the Chinese Web. First, we show that the amount of virtual assets traded on this underground market is huge. Second, our research proofs that a significant amount of websites within China’s part of the Web are malicious: our measurements reveal that about 1.49% of the examined sites contain some kind of malicious content.

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