Cambridge, Massachusetts based
cloud platform provider Akamai had
studied the global cyber attack traffic
in last quarter of 2012 and published a
report on the countries with maximum
share in global cyber attack.
article talks about the top 10 countries
with maximum share in global cyber
attack traffic and the probable reason
behind each one of them.
Following are the top 10
countries with most
cyber criminals that have
expertise in hacking.
Well, it is not a surprise to anyone. Ask
any cyber professional and he would
name China. Infact in order to gain
superiority over other countries in
cyberspace, China has promoted
cyber security as a culture thereby
having a fairly good cyber literacy
among its educated youth. This has
also led to an increase in cybercrime
and rise in the number of cyber
criminals. According to various
estimates 41% of the world’s cyber
attacks have their genesis in China.
is believed that organized hacker
networks are run in China which are
supported by People’s Liberation Army
of China. The purpose is to mostly
hack in U.S govt networks and those
of its allies.
2. UNITED STATES
At the recent G20 summit, President of
the United States Barack Obama said
that U.S has the largest and the best
cyber arsenal in the world. This might
be actually true given the
sophistication of cyber attacks
allegedly carried out by U.S.
Remember Stuxnet? Yeah, the same
Trojan which was planted into Iranian
Nuclear Power Plant to disrupt the
centrifuges. As per various estimated,
U.S accounts for nearly 10% of the
world’s attack traffic. It is home to
many famous and infamous hackers
Third place is taken by Turkey. In the
global cyber attack traffic, Turkey
takes a share of 4.7%. Turkish
hackers have increased their activities
in last decade or so.
The latest DNC hack would place
Russia on number 4th in the list. This
hack has evoked fears of rigging of
upcoming U.S Presidential elections by
Russian hackers. As per estimates,
nearly 4.3% of the global attack traffic
is generated from Russia. Russian
hackers are famous worldwide and
have a knack for attacking most
secure networks like those of Google,
Facebook, and Apple.
Small but not weak must be the motto
of Taiwanese hackers. The little island
located near China is quite a hub for
hackers. It’s share in global cyber
attacks in nearly 3.7%.
The recently held olympics at Rio
brought the entire world focus on
Brazilian hackers. With 3.3% share in
the global attack traffic, Brazil takes
the 6th spot. Infact Brazil has the
highest cyber attack traffic not only in
South- America but entire southern
hemisphere. The reason behind huge
number of cyber criminals in Brazil is
the cashless nature of its economy. A
good percentage population of Brazil
uses electronic and online payment
systems making them vulnerable to
At 7th position is Romania taking 3.3%
share in the global cyber assault. You
would be surprised to know that there
is a place in Romania called Ramnicu
Valcea which is popularly known as
the hub of criminal hackers. Most of
the cyber attacks from Romania can
be traced to this one location.
Standing 8th on the list Cyber
criminals and hackers in India, the IT
hub of the world. In recent times, India
is witnessing increasing number of
cyber crimes . Infact the gullible nature
of Indians puts them at very high cyber
risk which is why Indian tourists are
most prone to cyber attacks. The
Indian hackers take a share of 2.3% in
the global cyber crime.
At ninth position in the list of countries
with most hackers comes the Italy.
About 1.6% of the total cybercrime
activities is taken by Italian hackers.
.There are two very famous Italian
hackers; Luigi Auriemma and Donato
FarranteAureima. They are involved in
hacking government sites and reveal
information publicly regarding any
The 10th spot is taken by Hungary.
Hungary is a small European country
but a good and sound hacking
networks. It has closely beaten South
Korea for the 10th spot. Hungarian
hackers take the share of 1.4% in the
global cyber crime activity.