Akamai: US Home To Attacks, Slow Internet

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The content delivery network tapped its resources to produce the first of what will be an ongoing look at the Internet on a quarterly basis.

In its position as a premier content delivery service, Akamai holds a perspective on Internet traffic, both good and malicious, that few others can match. The firm plans to share some of its observations through a new report.

An initial summary from Akamai for the first three months revealed how malicious attacks originated in 125 countries around the world. China and the United States represented the top two countries where attacks began.

The two nations accounted for roughly 30 percent of the origination of attacks during those three months. Many attacks focused on 23 unique ports, with attempts to deliver a host of malware through them.

Microsoft’s Remote Procedure Call port 135 saw the most attacks hitting it, with nearly 30 percent of attacks trying to break into systems that way. Another 13 percent tried to tag NetBIOS through port 139.

Akamai also looked at connection speeds for Internet users around the globe. South Korea topped the list of countries with 5Mbps or greater connections, with 64 percent having those. The United States, with its concentration of broadband in the hands of a few multi-billion dollar telcos, comes in at a miserable seventh place with 20 percent, behind Belgium’s 21 percent, embarrassingly enough.

Even Romania has more high-speed connections as a percentage of population than the country that invented the Internet in the first place. At least the US managed to stay ahead of Nepal, albeit not by very much.

Akamai: US Home To Attacks, Slow Internet
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  • Guest

    Comparing USA with 300 million people and 9,629,091 sq/km to Romainia’s 237,500 sq/km and 22 million people isn’t a fair comparison.

    Running cable TV and DSL grade telephone lines to rural America isn’t possible. Many places cannot support an analog modem because of the distances and use satellite TV becuase they’re not served by the cable companies.

    I agree something has to change but your article is comparing apples to oranges.

  • http://www.madsdam.net Guest

    "I agree something has to change but your article is comparing apples to oranges."

    But it doesn’t make much sense either, to compare an apple with an apple..?

    Well, maybe this is just another example of an old story repeating itself; that the first seldom also are the last as well..?




  • Chris Little

    A number of readers here rely on WPW being accurate and making sound statements of facts in articles, so it comes as a surprise that David Utter asserts that:
    “Even Romania has more high-speed connections as a percentage of population *than the country that invented the Internet in the first place*.”

    I trust that he is not suggesting that the USA ‘invented the Internet in the first place’, as the UK were aware of the Internet long before the USA even had heard of the term. Most of us in the UK knew the work being carried out by (now) Sir Tim Berners-Lee before he became a Consultant at CERN in Switzerland and eventually to developing the whole concept of the Internet. Prior to becoming a Consultant, he worked at Plessey Telecommunications as a software engineer where he developed and worked on distributed systems, message relays, and bar coding. Subsequently, he developed a multi-tasking operating system, and typesetting software for intelligent printers at D.G. Nash.

    Having joined CERN in 1980, he developed his first hypertext system which he named Enquire and along the way had brought in Robert Cailliau as a partner in the project. Using the hypertext program which Berners-Lee had taken time out to develop was put on both mens computers and the two men began communicating with each other on December 25, 1990 via the world’s first server at info-cern.ch.

    It is through his endeavours that Berners-Lee managed to persuade CERN to provide a certification on April 30, 1993, that the web technology and program code was in the public domain so that anyone could use it.

    Berners-Lee currently holds the 3Com Founders Chair, and has served as Director of the W3C Consortium since it was founded and has authorthered a large number of books on related subjects.

    All this was documented by Robert Cailliau on November 2, 1995 in ‘A Short History of the Web’, published in Paris.

  • http://forum.5voq.com ???????

    Of the foundation must have systems to reduce piracy, may be official and governmental sites more vulnerable by the pirates as the most protection and a place to challenge

  • Guest

    There are many conenctions in the US for internet. However, the companies that control them are stingy(or poor) and do not want to add equipment to enhance their bandwidth availability. This makes the consumer suffer. And, what are they going to do? Go to Romania? There are bills some politicians are trying to get passed that will require all areas of the United states have internet available. Yes, that’s right. Not all areas of the US can even det DSL or, in some cases, cable internet!!! The only thing they have, if they even want it, is Dial-up. With connections this far out on the loop, usually, the internet speed is about 27.7K. This isn’t even half the speed of your 56K modem!! Even then. Sometimes a line may need conditioned by the phone company in order to even support a signal at all!

    With the modern design of the websites available, about the only thing you could load on 27.7K is google’s homepage. Aftert that, just throw away your modem because nothing else will load in a tolerable and timely manner! I know this is true as I work for an ISP. Nobody wants to run internet connections to these parts of the US because it isn’t worth the money. It would take forever to get back payments that would make them break even on equipment costs. However, this is the reason the FCC was brought about in the first place. They worked with all the phone companies to make phone service available everywhere. They required it and had ways to help the phone companies flip the bill. Then, they wanted to control everything, but that’s another story in itself.

    Anyway, the bottom line is that the US is definitely behind on bandwidth and the availability of this bandwidth. Steps are being taken to remedy this issue, but don’t expect to see any significant changes any time soon.

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