Friday, October 25, 2013

This is how Indonesia tops the charts for malicious traffic.

Last week, We Live Security confirmed Indonesia topped China in cyber-attacks.  In the second quarter of 2013, Indonesia almost doubled its traffic filled with attacks from 21% to 38% of the entire world.

Between China and Indonesia, they account for almost half the attack traffic in the world; with China generating 33%


According to PC World, attacks have been rapidly increasing with 89% of attacks, compared to 56% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Could it be a misunderstanding?

Does it seem strange that Indonesia accounted for only 1% of global attacks last year and now are #1 in the world with an increase of 125%?  Akamai, an internet content delivery network, reported:
“The attack traffic in the State of the Internet report is based on traffic received on servers sitting on unadvertised IP space. Since there is no legitimate reason for a system to be making a connection to those IP addresses, all traffic coming to them is considered to be malicious at some level.”
Automated scans may be picking up potentially malware infected computers from Internet cafes and shared networks.


The main factor for the rise in malicious traffic is likely due to the recent growth of Internet usage.  From 2011 to 2012, an increase of 10 million started using the internet, that is 800,000 users a month.  Its predicted that there will be 80 million Indonesian users by the end of 2013.

Compared to the United States, that's still miniscule, only 15% of Americans do not use the internet.

The Security Risk

With almost half of Indonesia's internet users connecting from an Internet cafe, the risk level is significant.  Users are not able to protect themselves on the internet seeing the computer isn't theirs.  Cafe owners may not see the value of investing in security for their computer yet.

Most users access the internet for the same reasons Americans do: Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

In 2011, 86% of internet users in Indonesia were using pirated software.  Compared to the global rate of 42% and 19% in the United States.  Many software companies will not provide software updates to unregistered software, so they are full of unpatched vulnerabilities.


Nine out of ten Indonesian internet users have pirated software and just about two-thirds of their computers have malware.  This gives come clarity in the reason why Indonesia is #1 for malicious traffic.  You can say China is  still #1 because malicious traffic coming from their has been confirmed cyber criminals.

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Is this how Indonesia topped the malicious traffic charts? - We Live Security
Oct. 23, 2013

Indonesia overtakes China as leading source of cyberattacks, Akamai reports - We Live Security
Oct. 17, 2013

Indonesia Tops China as Cyber Attack Capital - PC Magazine,2817,2425836,00.asp

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