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Akamai: China leapfrogs Indonesia as largest source of attack traffic

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China has surpassed Indonesia to become the largest source of attack traffic for the third quarter of 2013 according to latest State of the Internet report from Akamai.

The report notes that China, which accounted for 33 percent of attacks in second quarter of 2013, saw a marginal increase in the attack traffic to 35 percent. Indonesia on the other hand which was responsible for 38 percent of attack traffic saw a substantial decline for the third quarter to just 20 percent.

US accounted for 11 percent of observed attacks and took the third place, while Taiwan at fourth place was responsible for 5.2 percent of observed attacks.

“The overall concentration of attacks declined as compared to the second quarter, with the top 10 countries originating 83% of observed attacks, down from 89% in the prior quarter”, states Akamai.

Akamai notes that the bulk of the traffic, just over 68 percent, still emanates from Asia Pacific region. Europe, North and South America all saw an increase in the observed attack traffic to 13.5 percent and 16 percent respectively.

The report notes that even though there has been a decline in the number of DDoS attacks for the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the second quarter, the overall count of the DDoS has reached 807 already overtaking the 2012 count of 768.

“While there was a minor reduction (11%) in the number of attacks during the third quarter, 2013 will end up being a much more active year for DDoS than 2012 was”, Akamai reports.