Asia Leads in Internet Attack Traffic

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 06:10 PM gHale

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks spiked and Indonesia is the number one malicious traffic perpetrator, a new report said.

China’s reign as the number one attacker end up cut short by Indonesia, which hiked its first-quarter malicious traffic from 21 percent to 38 percent, according to the latest Akamai report on the state of the Internet.

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China’s traffic dropped from 34 percent to 33 percent, but combined, the two countries still comprise more than half of observed attack traffic. The U.S. on the other hand, stayed in third place, but attack traffic dropped from 8.3 percent to 6.9 percent.

The Cambridge, MA-based Akamai, which handles about a third of global Internet traffic, tracked attacks from IP addresses in 175 different countries or regions during the quarter. It found that attacks starting at IP addresses in Indonesia almost doubled from the first quarter of the year.

That does not mean hackers are all now in Indonesia. Akamai’s study tracks the source IP address used by an attacker, and those people can start their work by hijacking an address.

“For example, a criminal in Russia may be launching attacks from compromised systems in China,” Akamai said.

The report found along with a growing rate of broadband adoption and Internet connection speed, Indonesia is seeing its vulnerability to exploits increase.

Click here to download the report.

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