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Half of world’s cyber attacks come from Asia

Anuradha Shukla | Feb. 2, 2012
Indonesia generated 14 percent of the observed attack traffic during third quarter of 2011.

More than 49 percent of online attacks in the third quarter of 2011 originated from the Asia Pacific/Oceania region, according to a report by Akamai Technologies.

Online attack traffic originated from 195 unique countries or regions during this period and Indonesia generated 14 percent of the observed attack traffic.

The Third Quarter, 2011 State of the Internet report examines the continental distribution of observed attack traffic in the third quarter.

Taiwan and China account for about 20 percent of observed attack traffic combined and hold the second and third place spots, respectively.

South Korea has more than tripled its observed level of attack traffic this quarter.

Need to prevent infection

Observations of these attacks indicate an ongoing need for solid network and systems hygiene to help prevent further system compromise and infection.

The intensity and sophistication of Web-based attacks are growing each day and Akamai notes that this indicates the importance of online security, and the need for a defence-in-depth strategy.

The Akamai State of the Internet report also shows the global average connection speed at 2.7 Mbps.

South Korea had the highest average connection speed, at 16.7 Mbps, and cities in Japan and South Korea continued to hold many of the top spots for highest peak connection speeds.

Akamai's report also includes analysis of the top 100 fastest cities around the world, based on average connection speeds and the cities in Asia continue to dominate the list, according to the analysis.


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