October 16, 2013
Hong Kong Reigns Supreme In ‘State Of The Internet’ Report
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
According to the latest "State of the Internet" report by Akamai Technologies, Hong Kong boasts the fastest Internet speeds in the world, while Indonesia is the biggest cyber bully.
While the average Internet speed for the world is a mere 3.3 Mbps, Hong Kong is hitting top speeds of 65.1 Mbps and South Korea at 53.3 Mbps. The report said half of all Internet connections are now running at 4 Mbps or higher, which is a sign universal broadband connections are starting to finally catch on.
Hong Kong may be boasting the fastest connections, but South Korea hosted the best averages for the quarterly report. Akamai says the average Internet speed in South Korea is 13.3 Mbps, followed by Japan with 12 Mbps on average. The US ranked just eighth place in the world on this list, with an average Internet speed of 8.7 Mbps, falling behind Switzerland, Hong Kong, Latvia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Sweden and the United Kingdom were the only countries behind the US in the top 10 list of Internet averages for this quarter.
Indonesia proved itself to be the biggest cyberbully, as the report shows the majority of Internet attacks derived from this country. According to Akamai, 38 percent of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks came from Indonesia, while China snagged the number two position with 33 percent. America placed third on this list, but only with 6.9 percent of DDoS attacks actually coming from US soil.
China was dominating the Internet attack list in 2013 with 34 percent, but Indonesia's 17-percent bump in DDoS attacks helped the country rise to first place. Together, China and Indonesia boast a whopping 71 percent of all cyber-attacks.
Akamai said that for the first time since it started gathering data back in 2008, the Microsoft-DS did not top the list as a hacker's primary target. The report found instead, hackers are targeting Web users through HTTP Port 80 and SSL port 443.
The vast majority of attacks targeting Ports 80 and 443 (Microsoft-DS) originated from Indonesia, which is up from 80 percent last quarter.
Akamai also mentioned that a group named Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed responsibility for several attacks against news and media companies during the second quarter of 2013. The attacks all show similar spear-phishing tactics in which Internet email accounts were compromised and leveraged to collect credentials to gain access to targets' Twitter feeds, RSS feeds and other sensitive information.