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US Dominates Cyber Crime Traffic

As per a study conducted by the Internet security company 'SecureWorks,' the United States is accountable for the highest number of attempted cyber assaults in the past six months (January to June 2010). SecureWorks is an Atlanta-based firm that offers online security solutions

SecureWorks has gathered information about cyber assaults attempted to target its customers between January 2010 and July 2010. The security firm then separates the numbers according to the IP address origin and divided in the estimated number of systems for every country to disclose some fascinating results. The research study has taken the top sixteen nations according to the number of systems into consideration.

Jon Ramsey, Chief Technology Officer, SecureWorks, stated that a certain number of susceptible systems in countries worldwide had been targeted and employed as bots to initiate cyber attacks, as per the news by V3 on July 5, 2010.

The United States people own an estimated of 265,700,000 systems and the country represents 441,003,516 attempted cyber assaults in the same period. It implies 1660 per 1000 systems or over 1.6 per system. South Korea has stood at the second position with a ratio of nearly 0.8, which is just half of the US.

Despite having the highest number of systems after the US, China has stood at the seventh place. As per the security company, around 20,622,543 cyber attacks evolved in China during January-June 2010. Keeping in mind the estimated 102,700,000 PCs in the country, it is 201 attacks for every 1000 systems or a 0.2 ratio.

India has the lowest number of attempted cyber attacks originating from systems within its boundaries with just 52 attacks per 1000 systems.

Ramsey has claimed that the reasons for difference in the number of attempted assaults on every country could compromise many things. These reasons vary from the Internet speeds in a country and the proactive ISPs in safeguarding their clients to user awareness on security. Further, the ratio of Mac, Windows and Linux users will also make the huge difference, as per the news by Help Net Security on July 5, 2010.

In order to lessen the cyber crime, Ramsey has suggested that users should maintain at least some essential level of safety as social networking, online banking, shopping and other private computer activities rise gains popularity.

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