ARLINGTON, Va. — Malware attacks that focus on obtaining personally identifiable information surged in the third quarter of 2007, according to a new report from Cyveillance.

Attacks from outside the United States grew significantly in the three-month period ending Sept. 30 and Germany now is host to 38% of malware "drop sites" the Cyveillance network detected, compared with 32% in the United States.

The United States had been host to 74% of the sites earlier in the year. Such sites are where information stolen from infected computers is collected.

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