Akamai report reveals China, USA as most likely sources of attack traffic

A new report from Akamai Technologies has revealed that 16 per cent of all digital attack traffic came from China during the second quarter of 2012.

The United States took second place on this list, with 12 per cent of all attack traffic, while Turkey, Russia and Taiwan rounded out the five countries most likely to generate cyber threats.

Businesses with an emphasis on ensuring digital security and vulnerability management may be interested in the results, which are included in the company s latest State of the Internet report.

The Asia Pacific and Oceania region was identified as being the main source of cyber threats, with 38 per cent of attack traffic originating in this part of the world.

The report also highlights the importance of adequately encrypting user data.

It references the 6.5 million password hashes that were stolen from LinkedIn in June, as well as similar security incidents which affected users of online dating site eHarmony and music site Last.fm.

The biggest concern about these breaches, the report claims, is that not one of the three affected companies was using an encryption process that both hashed and salted user passwords.

This essentially meant that cybercriminals had a much easier time accessing and verifying compromised passwords; something which Akamai asserts is concerning when you consider the propensity of users to reuse passwords across multiple sites.

reads the Akamai report.

The incidents which affected LinkedIn, eHarmony and Last.fm serve to highlight how important it is that any organisation that digitally stores the personal information of customers needs to ensure it is adequately protecting that data from external threats.

It is worth noting here that any retailer which accepts and stores credit card or debit card data must be in adherence with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Requirement three of PCI DSS mandates that businesses must sufficiently encrypt that stored data in order to render it unreadable to system intruders.

The Akamai report also revealed that global average internet connection speeds have increased this year, up 13 percent between the first and second quarters of 2012 to 3.0 Mbps.

Average measured connection speeds in Australia now stand at 4.4 Mbps, 46.6 per cent higher than the global average.

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