China and America most virtually attacked nations in Q3 2013 – report

28 Jan 2014

According to a new report published by Akamai entitled The State of the Internet, China, Indonesia and the United States have proven to be most the most virtually attacked nations on earth, making up nearly half of all attacks in the third quarter of last year.

The data security company’s figures show that while the three countries made up the majority of cases, China was the overall most affected making up 35pc of ‘attack traffic’ followed by Indonesia with 20pc and the US with 11pc.

However, customers of Akamai reported 281 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which is a decrease of 11pc on the same time in 2012.

DDoS attacks

Increase in global average speed

2013 has also seen improvements in the quality of internet on a global scale as figures show that the planet’s internet speed has increased by an average of 10pc to 3.6mbp/s yet global peak connection speed decreased by 5.2pc to 17.9mbp/s.

Unsurprisingly given their huge advancements in 4G technology, South Korea is the place to go for the fastest broadband speed in the world with an average o f 22mbp/s.

Ireland managed to gain a place in the top ten positions coming tenth with an average speed of 9.6mbp/s, a 43pc increase on the same time in 2012.

This also puts Ireland as one of the highest average speeds in the world outside of Asia and the Americas with countries like the UK (12th), Germany (27th) and Sweden (12th).

As a nation we also experienced a considerably small number of DDoS attacks among our 1,786,084 unique IP addresses in Q3 2013 making up less than .01pc of the country’s internet users.

Date over voice

As an indication of the progression of mobile internet as a means of communicating over traditional GSM services, the volume of mobile data traffic increased by 80pc from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013, and grew around 10pc between the second and third quarter of 2013 while mobile voice traffic shows a more flat progression.

Increase in mobile data

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic