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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

China accounts for 41 percent of global computer attack traffic

A new security report points the finger at China as the main source of malicious computer attacks — and puts the United States in second. In a report due to be released today by Akamai Technologies, the security firm says that the Asian country is accountable for 41 percent of all global computer-attack traffic. According to the report, the U.S. comes in second as a major source of cyberattacks, and is responsible for ten percent of all global attack traffic. Turkey, although not often associated with cyberattacks, came in third in Akamai’s report, apparently 4.7 percent of all hacking traffic originating from the country.   Russia was given fourth place with 4.3 percent of cyberattack originations and Taiwan came in fifth, claiming 3.7 percent of the world’s attack traffic.


In comparison, Verizon’s 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) also blamed China for cyberattacks and pointed the finger at the country as a main instigator of data breaches.

Earlier this month, speaking at the 2013 RSA Conference, Akamai’s chief security officer Andy Ellis suggested that human reaction to risk factors is a common problem when attempting to defend against cybercrime. Ellis argues that even if security experts warn a firm about potential risks to their networks or company infrastructure, business leaders may have a psychological disposition to either tolerate a certain amount of risk, or even to seek it out. Although our top priorities should be in securing a business and increasing profit, human risk factors can often be as much to blame as outdated security protocols.



Posted on 04/23