The age of the internet has seen to an increase in the number of tasks we carry out while relying on the internet. We now bank online, communicate online, control our homes online and just about everything else. This aspect has attracted criminals who know that they can make a killing hacking into people’s accounts. A look at the rate of cyber attacks reveals that there are some specific countries where cyber attacks originate. We focused on five of the biggest ones to show just how dangerous they are in launching attacks. Further digging shows that these countries will hold these positions for a long time into the future.
China boasts the largest population in the world. It also seems to have the highest number of cyber attack perpetrators. However, unlike other attacks, the ones from China are not aimless ones. They are targeted at obtaining specific types of information including government secrets in what is known as espionage. The most targeted nation is the United States. At the moment, up to 27 percent of all cyber attack efforts in the world have their origin in China. That is a large number given the number of countries in the world. Even more troubling is the fact that at least 41 percent of all cyber attacks in the world have their origin in China.
The US comes in a close second place with at least 10 percent of the cyber attacks in the world coming from this nation. Also, the United States is the origin of at least 17 percent of all the cyber attacks in the world. It was no surprise, therefore, when former US president Barack Obama stated that “the nation he leads has the world’s foremost cyber arsenal in the world.” While he likely was making reference to the ability of the CIA and FBI, the American cyber criminals would also gladly relate to that vote of confidence in their abilities.
No one would think of Turkey in terms of cyber attacks. However, this is one of the main countries where cyber attacks originate. At the moment, it claims an impressive 4.7 percent of all cyber attacks in the world. Its hackers are also responsible for about 10 percent of the cyber attacks in the world. These past few months have seen this country get active in the way of cyber attacks with increased interest in hacking both personal and institutional accounts. With the rapid spread of hacking skills, it has become apparent that countries that were initially thought of as laid back are coming forward especially in the hacking arena.
The land of the samba is but the most lethal one in the southern hemisphere. Although previously quiet, the attempted hacking of the Rio Olympic games brought the nation to the limelight. Increased interest in the nature of cyber attacks in this nation revealed a few interesting facts. The first one was that it is responsible for at least 8 percent of all the cyber attacks in the world. Secondly, the cashless nature of the Brazilian economy has been the reason for increased cyber attacks in this country. Cyber criminals are now sure they can make a killing lurking in the dark waiting for unsuspecting online bankers.
Russians may be famous for vodka but they have recently upped their hacking skills to be responsible for at least 4 percent of all the cyber attacks in the world. 5 percent of all the world’s cyber attacks come from this nation. Russia has become notorious for cracking among the most secure applications and accounts in the world. Its hackers have been mentioned severally in connection with cyber attacks on the United States and other nations of the world. The attacks from Russia, just like those from China, are not in any way aimless. Rather, they go for specific targets with governments and other such establishments being the primary targets.
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The other countries where cyber attacks originate include Taiwan, Romania, India, Italy and Hungary. Each of these nations are responsible for at least 1 percent of the cyber attacks in the world. This does not in any way mean that the cyber attacks of the world exclusively come from these nations. In fact, some of the most lethal hacks have been carried out by hackers whose countries are not on this list. Users have to stay safe at all times to make sure that they are safe when carrying out any tasks online.