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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 is the executive editor for e.Republic, responsible for setting the overall direction for e.Republic’s editorial platforms, including Government Technology, Governing, Industry Insider, Emergency Management and the Center for Digital Education. She has been with e.Republic since 2011, and has decades of writing, editing and leadership experience. A California native, Noelle 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.