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State of the Hack: 43% of all DDoS attacks in Q4 originated in China

Published Apr 23rd, 2014 9:00AM EDT
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The threat from hackers is very real and a new report shows that things are only getting worse. We recently told you about a terrifying new interactive map that shows global cyberattacks happening in real time. If that map seemed surprisingly busy to you, it’s because it is — a new study from Akamai shows that hackers attacked websites 75% more frequently in the fourth quarter last year than in the previous quarter.

The study, which was picked up on Wednesday by Engadget, covers DDoS attacks launched against websites around the world. Akamai says that business websites were the most likely targets and the odds of a repeat attack are now one in three.

A disconcerting 43% of all DDoS attacks in the fourth quarter originated in China, with the U.S. and Canada representing the No. 2 and No. 3 points of origin for attacks. Akamai notes that attacks originating in Canada were up a shocking 2,500% over the same quarter in 2012.

On the plus side, Akamai also observed that average Internet speeds were up 5.5% globally to 3.8Mbps in the fourth quarter, and Internet penetration climbed 3% over the third quarter last year.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.


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