SINGAPORE, 5 May 2011-Russia was the top Internet attack traffic source in the world during the fourth quarter of 2010, according to media and Web content delivery specialist Akamai yesterday.
The finding was from the vendor's quarterly State of the Internet report. The study provides statistics such as the world's fastest regions for connection speed, the most frequent origins of attack traffic, and the highest-performing geographies for mobile connectivity, as well as resulting trends over time.
The report is based on data collected from Akamai's some 84,000 servers spread across 72 countries. The vendor said it can deliver up to 30 per cent of the world's Web traffic in a day.
Compared to the previous quarter, Russia moved into first place, accounting for 10 per cent of global observed attack traffic. The United States dropped to fifth place, accounting for 7.3 per cent of global observed attack traffic. The second and third spots were taken by Taiwan (7.6 per cent) and Brazil (7.1 per cent) respectively.
In the fourth quarter of 2010, over 556 million unique IP addresses from 234 countries/regions connected to Akamai's servers. This represents 4.2 per cent more IP addresses than connected in the third quarter of 2010, and over 20 per cent more than in the same quarter a year ago.
The top 10 countries/regions accounted for nearly 70 per cent of the total observed IP addresses, indicating that the majority of the world's unique IP addresses are concentrated within a proportionally small number of geographies.
Mobile consumption and connectivity speeds continued to increase in the fourth quarter. Of the 105 mobile providers surveyed by Akamai, 62 experienced an increase in average data consumption delivered by Akamai over the prior quarter and 89 providers saw consumption increase year-over-year. Looking at average peak connection speeds among the 105 providers, yearly growth was generally strong, with average peak connection speeds more than doubling at over 30 providers, and with 96 total providers showing year-over-year growth.
The report's analysis of the top 100 fastest cities around the world, based on average connection speeds, reflected that cities in Asia dominate the list, which includes 60 cities in Japan and 16 cities in South Korea.
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