Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Akamai: U.S. Ranks Third As World's Source Of Attack Traffic; China ranks 4th

Akamai just released its 2Q 2011 State of the Internet report. For those of you who think that China is the end-all and be-all of cyber attacks, you'll want to get a copy of this report right away. Akamai serves up to 30% of the world's Internet traffic with its Akamai Intelligent Platform; more than 604 million unique IP addresses from 238 countries and regions to be precise. In addition, Akamai runs a dark net of unadvertised honey pot systems. Since they aren't part of Akamai's production platform and aren't utilized in any way, any attempt to connect to those honeypots is interpreted as an attack. Here's the attack data from Akamai's latest report:

The geolocation of IP address isn't proof that any given nation's government is responsible for attacks emanating from servers on its soil, otherwise the Chinese government would be demanding that Secretary of State Clinton explain why the U.S. is generating so much attack traffic (instead of vice versa  which is equally wrong). What these statistics do suggest is that the U.S. government needs to start regulating the Internet Service Provider industry in this country. We have WAY too many bad ISPs operating on U.S. soil that are being used to conduct criminal acts around the world. Host Exploit's latest report shows that the U.S. hosts 5 of the 10 worst ISPs in the world, including the #1 position. 
Note that SoftLayer and The Planet are at the #11 and #12 positions. Both are located in Plano, TX whose Governor (Rick Perry) is hoping to be the Republican nominee for President. Perry has also been courting Huawei to open its North American headquarters in Texas. It seems to me like the Governor of Texas has a great opportunity to demonstrate that cybersecurity should become a priority for this country by making it a priority for the State of Texas first.

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