Majority of cyber attack traffic originates in China, according to new report

January 25, 2013

Organisations that follow the latest cyber security and vulnerability management news may be interested in the results of Akamai Technologies' latest State of the Internet report, released earlier this month.

According to the report, Akamai's Intelligent Platform registered attack traffic as coming from a total of 180 unique countries over the third quarter of 2012 – highlighting the fact that modern cyber security threats can come from any location in the world.

China retained the dubious title of being the most common source of attack traffic, with 33 per cent of observed attacks coming from this region.

In second place was the USA, which was the source of 13 per cent of attack traffic, while Russia moved up the rankings to become the third most common source of cyber attacks.

Rounding out the top ten – which together contributed a combined 78 per cent of attack traffic – were Taiwan, Turkey, Brazil, Romania, India, Italy and South Korea.

More than 50 per cent of attack traffic observed by Akamai during the third quarter of 2012 reportedly originated from the Asia Pacific/Oceania region, while Europe contributed around 25 per cent.

You can view the latest Akamai State of the Internet report in full by clicking here.

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