Report: Burma Tops Internet Attacks List

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based Internet tracking company says Burma was the top source of global Internet attacks during the first quarter of this year.

Akamai Technologies issued a report Wednesday saying the southeast Asian nation accounted for 13 percent of all Internet attacks between January 1 and March 31. The United States was second with 10 percent and Taiwan was third on the list with 9 percent.

The Boston-based firm monitors global Internet traffic and identifies countries from which attack traffic originates.

In this latest report, Akamai noted that Burma appeared for the first time – taking the number one spot for generating Internet attack traffic. After the U.S. and Taiwan, other countries and regions on the list were Russia, China, Brazil, India, Hong Kong, Romania and Italy.

The report also noted that Egypt and Libya experienced major Internet outages during the first quarter of this year when their governments sought to cut off access in response to widespread protests. Japan experienced a significant, but temporary, Internet outage following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March.