Study shows most cyberattacks are US-based

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Whenever people hear of cyberattacks and hackers, they automatically assume that these attacks come from China, Russia or another country in that area of the world.   But a study by security firm SecureWorks has shown that the vast majority of cyberattacks come from the United States with China coming a distant second.  They have also determined that most of the attacks against Georgia came from the U.S.

According to SecureWorks, there were 20.6 million attempted attacks against their clients from US-based computers in 2008.   This puts them in first place with China coming in second with 7.7 million attempts.   Russia, the place where everyone seems to think hackers, rippers, downloaders and other unsavoury types live in is way down in seventh place with a paltry 130,572 attempts!    So it looks as if Russian people are more law-abiding than previously thought, eh?

What do you think?   Do you agree that the US is probably more into the cyberattack game than other nations or would you say these results are a bit suspect?

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3 Responses to Study shows most cyberattacks are US-based

  1. Mark,

    I have not read the findings, but to me they seem like they could be flawed. If I was a hacker, would I be hacking a site from my home computer, or would I be using some other computer on the internet? The US has a large install base of computers to use as an attack point. The results of this study show that computers in the US are more insecure than any other country, that is about it.

    Allen

  2. It seems important to differentiate between where a "cyberattack" originates, and where the greatest number of subverted slave computers are found. I would say the attack is "launched" from the first, not the second.

    That the US might have the greatest number of computers connected to the Internet, and thus the greatest number of subverted computers, is not surprising. (I have argued for at least a decade the no end-user computer should ever be directly connected to the Internet. NAT routers should be built into every cable/DSL modem.)

    More significant is the countries from which attacks are started. My guess most of the current trojans and other malware generally come from the same places.

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