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Top 10 Countries Where Cyber Attacks Originate

A new list identifies countries launching the most online attacks.

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Cybersecurity experts will probably not be surprised by new data from Cambridge, Mass.-based cloud platform provider Akamai. Its evaluation of global attack traffic in the last quarter of 2012, as reported by, has 41 percent originating in China, citing among other things, a "sophisticated hacker network."

Top Ten Hacking Countries

1.China41 percent (of the world's attack traffic)
2.U.S.10 percent
3.Turkey4.7 percent
4.Russia4.3 percent
5.Taiwan3.7 percent
6.Brazil3.3 percent
7.Romania2.8 percent
8.India2.3 percent
9.Italy1.6 percent
10.Hungary1.4 percent
Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.