Russia Blamed for 13% of Net Attack Traffic
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It's really not the sort of honor that stokes national pride. Looking at the leading purveyors of Internet attack traffic in the third quarter, Akamai found that a disproportionate number of attacks originated from in Russia. eSecurity Planet examines the report, and looks at the other countries that are home to the most prolific sources of attack traffic.
More than 13 percent of the world's cyber attacks originated in Russia during the third quarter, according to Akamai Technologies' "State of the Internet" report for the third quarter of 2009.
Russia's ascent to the top of the infamous list came at the expense of the U.S. and China, which fell from the top two spots in the second quarter to No. 3 and No. 4 with 6.9 percent and 6.5 percent of the attacks, respectively.
Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) officials said it discovered cyber attacks from 207 different countries in the third quarter, up from 201 countries in the prior quarter.
Brazil also leapfrogged the U.S. and China to earn a dubious silver medal with 8.6 percent of the intrusive traffic emanating from the South American nation.