THE PERIODIC Akamai state of the internet report has made room for special discussion of Twitter botherers from the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).
The report, which we are treated to frequently, includes discussion of the SEA in its look at attack traffic and its top originating countries.
Top of its list is Indonesia where 38 percent of bad traffic originates. Next is China, with its 33 percent share, and third is the US with a slender 6.9 percent.
While it did not make the top ten list, the Syrian Electronic Army has made its presence felt on the internet, and has claimed scalps from many firms, most notably on Twitter.
"During the second quarter of 2013, a hacktivist group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed responsibility several high profile attacks against news and media companies. The attacks were designed to spread propaganda about the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad," it said.
It added that it is not clear whether the group operates with the full support of the Syrian state. "It does not appear that the SEA is directly supported by the Syrian regime, unlike APT1 in China. The Syrian government is aware of the SEA and approves of their actions," it said.
"To date, the organization has preferred to attack targets that have been publically supportive of the Syrian rebels rather than perform website defacements or data exfiltration."
The report is not all grim reading and it does point to an increase in the adoption of high speed networks and an increase in the use of IPv6.
The firm found that half of all connections made to its network are coming in at 4Mbps or higher.
The average global broadband speed is now 3.3Mbps, and in the UK, which has the 10th fastest broadband speeds, we can expect around 8.4Mbps. Best served is South Korea, where punters get 13.3Mbps. According to Akamai 23 percent of UK connections run faster than 10Mbps. The UK is ranked 12th in that table.
Syria comes back into the report's spotlight in discussions about internet disruptions. It and Sudan are fingered for shutting down communications, and Akamai said that Syrian networks have been offline at least twice in recent months.
Denial of service attacks continue to increase in all kinds of industries and worst hit, and hit most often, are enterprises. Akamai said that in the second quarter of 2013 alone it got reports about 318 attacks, which is a 54 percent increase over the first quarter. µ
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