Cyberattacks from Indonesia surging

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cyber_attackInternet attacks originating from Indonesia have seen a surge in the first quarter of 2013, jumping from below 1 per cent of the world’s total to 21 per cent, placing the country second behind China globally as a source of malicious Internet traffic.

A recently released report from Akamai, a US-based cloud-computing and online content delivery business, found out that cyberattacks from Indonesia jumped by a factor of 30 to account for over a fifth of all global attacks.

David Belson, the author and editor of the report, said that data on attacks comes from “honeypot or darknet systems,” which are peer-to-peer networks hard to identify for governments or service providers. In the first quarter of 2013, these systems saw “tens of thousands of attacks,” Belson said.

However, he could not clearly say whether the attacks really came from Indonesia.

“Its entirely possible that systems in Indonesia are used as a proxy or a waypoint by an attacker who is located somewhere else. It may be the case that for some reason there are a number of end-user systems in Indonesia that have been compromised and are under the control of a hacker in Russia or somewhere else,” says Belson.

Indonesia has been hit by cyber attacks in the recent past and also decided to set up a cyber army to defend its systems. According to the communications ministry, there were 36.6 million incidents of hacking against the government in the last three years.

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Internet attacks originating from Indonesia have seen a surge in the first quarter of 2013, jumping from below 1 per cent of the world’s total to 21 per cent, placing the country second behind China globally as a source of malicious Internet traffic.

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cyber_attackInternet attacks originating from Indonesia have seen a surge in the first quarter of 2013, jumping from below 1 per cent of the world’s total to 21 per cent, placing the country second behind China globally as a source of malicious Internet traffic.

A recently released report from Akamai, a US-based cloud-computing and online content delivery business, found out that cyberattacks from Indonesia jumped by a factor of 30 to account for over a fifth of all global attacks.

David Belson, the author and editor of the report, said that data on attacks comes from “honeypot or darknet systems,” which are peer-to-peer networks hard to identify for governments or service providers. In the first quarter of 2013, these systems saw “tens of thousands of attacks,” Belson said.

However, he could not clearly say whether the attacks really came from Indonesia.

“Its entirely possible that systems in Indonesia are used as a proxy or a waypoint by an attacker who is located somewhere else. It may be the case that for some reason there are a number of end-user systems in Indonesia that have been compromised and are under the control of a hacker in Russia or somewhere else,” says Belson.

Indonesia has been hit by cyber attacks in the recent past and also decided to set up a cyber army to defend its systems. According to the communications ministry, there were 36.6 million incidents of hacking against the government in the last three years.

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