China and US Top Sources of Attack Traffic: Akamai Report

China and US Top Sources of Attack Traffic: Akamai Report

Global broadband adoption reaches 60 percent of all connections for first time in third quarter of 2014.

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Global broadband adoption reached 60 percent of all connections for the first time in the third quarter of 2014, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report. The average connection speed remained above the broadband threshold for the second consecutive quarter, despite modest decreases in overall average and peak average speeds.

The report outlines the continuation of several trends in broadband adoption, connection speed and attack traffic. While there was significant regional difference within those trends, the general patterns continued, such as increases in broadband and “high broadband” adoption, and “4k readiness,” as well as China’s major lead in attack traffic.

China remains the top source of attack traffic, at 50 percent, but attack traffic observed from Indonesia fell from 15 percent in Q2 to 1.9 percent. The US continued to be the second most common source of attack traffic.

Akamai customers reported 270 DDoS attacks in Q3, the same number as the previous quarter and a 4 percent reduction from a year ago, despite a 25 percent increase in attacks in the Asia Pacific region.

All but nine of the countries measured had increased broadband adoption rates, and several countries not traditionally associated with fast speeds made major strides in connectivity in Q3 2014. Broadband adoption in Indonesia increased by over 1,800 percent to 35 percent, while Slovakia joined South Korea with a “high broadband” mobile connection speed (over 10 Mbps).

“One need only look to the sheer number of connected device- and smart home-related announcements that came out of the 2015 International CES to see that consumers are continuing to adopt and expect more from connected technology and services,” said David Belson, editor of the report. “The strong year-over-year growth trends illustrated in this quarter’s report show that the Internet is evolving and expanding to meet the growing demands of our increasingly connected lifestyles.”

The growing demands Belson refers to helped buoy a pair of strong stock market entries by cloud and big data service providers in December, amid speculation about a looming tech bubble.

That evolution should make things easier for hosts and other service providers, as faster connections and more consistent speeds between countries and regions make end-user experiences richer and more predictable.

This article originally appeared at: http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/china-us-top-sources-attack-traffic-akamai-report

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