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Akamai labels China as No.1 source of cyber attacks

Akamai labels China as No.1 source of cyber attacks

Approximately 33 per cent of all cyber attacks originated from China during the third quarter of 2012, according to a report by Akamai, a leading web services provider based in U.S.
Akamai found that the second leading country for cyber attacks was the US. Russia was reported to have come in a distant third. The statistics come from Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet report.
"During the quarter, the top 10 countries/regions were responsible for generating 72 per cent of the observed attack traffic. Within the top 10, slightly more than 50 per cent of attack traffic was generated by three countries: China, the United States and Russia," Akamai wrote in its report.
According to Akamai's report, global cyber attacks doubled from the second to third quarters. The internet content delivery company found that China led the world in cyber attacks for both quarters.
China-based cyber attacks were up in the third quarter. In the second quarter 16 per cent of all attacks came from the region. China's 33 per cent rate put it far ahead of other countries for the quarter.
The US came in second to China last quarter with 13 per cent of all attacks coming from the country. That number represented a slight increase for Q3. US based attacks were up one per cent from the second to third quarter.
Russia moved into the top three in cyber attacks for the third quarter. The country passed Turkey who held the spot in Q2. Russian based attacks made up for 4.7 per cent of cyber attacks around the world.
Along with cyber attack statistics, Akamai found that South Korea had the highest average internet connection speed. The company's report stated that the average connection speed in South Korea was 14.7 Mbps.

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