Indonesia now top source of global cyber attacks

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cyber crime1Indonesia has overtaken China to become the No. 1 source of cyber attack traffic in the world, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published on October 16. A July report by Akamai saw the trend already emerging.

Indonesia accounted for 38 per cent of hacking-related traffic on servers globally Akamai monitored in the second quarter, up from 21 per cent at the beginning of the year. China, a notorious haven for hacking, fell to No. 2, with a third of global attack traffic. The US share fell to 6.9 per cent, but the country remained in third place.

Determining exactly where a cyber-attack operation is centralised is difficult because a hacker can take over victims’ machines located in another country. However, the sudden rise of Indonesia, which accounted for less than 1 per cent before this year, is unusual.

Akamai found that the speed of the average Internet connection in Indonesia increased 125 per cent in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2012. As broadband takes hold in this developing market, cyber-crime could run rampant.

The Indonesian government has recognised the problem. Tifatul Sembiring, the country’s minister of communication and information technology, talked last month about prioritising cyber security nationally. His office hosted the Indonesia Information Security Forum last week to discuss the topic.

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Indonesia has overtaken China to become the No. 1 source of cyber attack traffic in the world, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published on October 16. A July report by Akamai saw the trend already emerging.

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cyber crime1Indonesia has overtaken China to become the No. 1 source of cyber attack traffic in the world, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published on October 16. A July report by Akamai saw the trend already emerging.

Indonesia accounted for 38 per cent of hacking-related traffic on servers globally Akamai monitored in the second quarter, up from 21 per cent at the beginning of the year. China, a notorious haven for hacking, fell to No. 2, with a third of global attack traffic. The US share fell to 6.9 per cent, but the country remained in third place.

Determining exactly where a cyber-attack operation is centralised is difficult because a hacker can take over victims’ machines located in another country. However, the sudden rise of Indonesia, which accounted for less than 1 per cent before this year, is unusual.

Akamai found that the speed of the average Internet connection in Indonesia increased 125 per cent in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2012. As broadband takes hold in this developing market, cyber-crime could run rampant.

The Indonesian government has recognised the problem. Tifatul Sembiring, the country’s minister of communication and information technology, talked last month about prioritising cyber security nationally. His office hosted the Indonesia Information Security Forum last week to discuss the topic.

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