Akamai Technologies released its State of the Internet report on Wednesday, which found that most attack traffic in Q3 2012 originated from China, the US and Russia.

Akamai State of the Internet Report Finds US Second Largest DDoS Attack Source in Q3 2012

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Content delivery network provider Akamai Technologies released its State of the Internet report on Wednesday, and found that most attack traffic in Q3 2012 originated from China, the US and Russia.

Aside from attack traffic origins, the report provides insight into global statistics including connection speeds, attack traffic, and network connectivity and availability. The report uses data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, and is available to download for free on the Akamai website, although there are quite a lot of form fields to fill in before it is accessible.

The report marks the first quarterly State of the Internet report from Akamai since its co-founder and chief scientist Dr. Tom Leighton took over as CEO on January 1, 2013.

Akamai, who maintains a distributed set of agents deployed across the Internet that monitors traffic, found attack traffic from 180 unique countries during Q3 2012, down from 188 in Q2. China is the single largest volume source of traffic at 33 percent, the US follows at 13 percent, and Russia replaced Turkey at 4.7 percent.

According to Akamai, just over 23 percent of observed attack traffic originated in North and South America, just under 25 percent originated in Europe, and nearly 51 percent originated in the Asia Pacific/Oceania region. The remaining one percent of attack traffic originated in Africa.

Akamai observed DDoS traffic levels as high as 65 Gbps, with nearly a third of that targeting Akamai’s DNS infrastructure. Also in the third quarter, Prolexic found average attack bandwidth directed at its clients to peek around 4.9 Gbps, suggesting the attacks on financial clients contributed to the high volume of attacks for Akamai.

In the report, Akamai analyzed traffic patterns around Internet disruptions in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. While the July outage in Syria was brief, it was not isolated, and Akamai said it would provide more detail on the November Syrian Internet outage in its next report. 

Recently, a German court ruled that Internet is an essential service, and users have the right to seek compensation from their ISP when they are cut off. 

In Q3 2012, the global broadband adoption rate increased 4.8 percent, growing to 41 percent. The US saw a 9.1 percent quarterly increase, growing to a broadband adoption level of 62 percent. Internationally, Indonesia doubled its broadband adoption, and Vietnam and Saudi Arabia had the lowest levels of adoption, both at 1.2 percent. Akamai provides more of a detailed geographical breakdown in its report, but the numbers would be interesting to anyone looking to expand web hosting services globally within the next few quarters.

Talk back: Do you follow Akamai State of the Internet reports? Is there any part of the report that surprised you, or anything you could relate to in Q3 2012? Let us know in a comment.

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  1. Akami's internet report is not at all surprising. China is on top of the list followed by US and Russia. DDOS protection measures are very costly which can not be afforded by a normal VM or Dedicated server user. But even after paying for DDOS protection, the safety is not guaranteed.