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S. Korea 8th-largest origin point for DDoS attacks: Akamai

All Headlines 11:51 July 02, 2018

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- U.S. cloud service provider Akamai Technologies Inc. said Monday South Korea stood as the eighth-largest place of origin for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks around the globe.

A DDoS attack refers to a situation in which a multitude of infected computers are directed to try to communicate with a particular computer, overwhelming its connection bandwidth and crowding out legitimate users. Such attacks target a wide variety of businesses and organizations, ranging from governments, companies, financial institutions and media outlets.

Akamai said South Korea accounted for 3 percent of IP addresses used for DDoS attacks observed from November 2017 to April this year.

The United States stood at the top with 30 percent, followed by China and Britain with 16 percent and 5 percent, respectively, Akamai data showed. India took up 4 percent.

Security industry insiders said that since DDoS attacks are caused by infected computers, the figure does not necessarily indicate that South Korean nationals were directly involved in the hacking.

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