India among top 10 Internet attack originating nations

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Bangalore, June 3 (ANI-Business Wire India): India contributes 2.53 percent to global attack traffic and ranks among the global top ten in terms of countries with traffic attack origin.

During the first quarter of 2008, Akamai Technologies, the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, observed attack traffic originating from 125 unique countries around the world.

It found China and the United States to be the two largest traffic sources, accounting for some 30 percent of traffic in total.

The top 10 countries were the source of approximately 75 percent of the attacks measured.

India was placed 10th in terms of countries where the attack traffic originated.

The most noteworthy Internet outage in the first quarter of 2008 resulted from several undersea cables in the Mediterranean Sea being severed.

Two cables were severed in late January, and two more went out of service in early February. These cable cuts significantly impacted Internet connectivity into and out of countries in the Middle East. According to data collected by Renesys, Egypt, Pakistan, Kuwait, and India had the most networks impacted by the cable cut.

Data posted to the Renesys blog showed that over 1,000 customer networks in Egypt were impacted, with over 900 customer networks in Pakistan seeing problems; nearly 500 in India and almost 300 in Kuwait.

Beginning with the January to March 2008 time period (first quarter), Akamai will be publishing a quarterly "State of the Internet" report extrapolated from data gathered across Akamai's global server network.

This report will include data on the origins of attack traffic, network outages and de-peering events, as well as a look at broadband connectivity by geography.

In addition to providing a quarterly summary, Akamai will document trends seen in this data over time. The report will also aggregate publicly available news and information about notable events seen throughout the quarter, including Denial of Service attacks, Web site hacks, and network events.

Akamai is planning to release its second quarter "State of the Internet" report in August.

ANI

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