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Where do hackers come from?

Rob Cotton, NCC Groupís CEO Computer hacks originating in the UK cost the global economy over $2 billion in 2011 according to latest research from FTSE listed IT assurance company, NCC Group.

The research, which tracks the country of origin of hacks, observed over 23 million hacks attempted in the UK in the second half of 2011. This figure places the UK at 15th in the global league table.

The US and China are positioned 1st and 2nd, respectively. Together, these two countries are responsible for nearly 40% of the worldís hack attempts, costing the global economy over $44 billion each year.

Origin of hacks

Interestingly, five of the top 10 countries are located in Western Europe, with Italy, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Germany accounting for nearly 200 million attempted hacks, costing the global economy an estimated $16 billion.

"Reading the papers each day, itís easy to think of hacking as something that happens to us from afar; that weíre victims of foreign criminal gangs in developing countries," said Rob Cotton, NCC Groupís CEO. "Yet hackers can be anywhere in the world, as our research illustrates, including on our own doorstep."

"Fighting this global threat will only work with global collaboration. We hear lots about governments wanting to work together and thereís a strong financial motivation to find this long-suggested global solution, but progress is painfully slow."

"Iím certain that when we look at these figures again the number of hacks and the cost to the global economy will have increased. Iím less certain that progress will have been made in the global battle against these hackers."

The top ten list of hacks by country of origin


Country

Total intrusion detection logs

% total intrusion detection logs

Global cost (US$)

United States

297,087,098

22.31122

25,434,790,525.73

China

213,267,479

16.01637

18,258,664,515.67

Russia

47,831,029

3.59211

4,095,001,807.33

Brazil

46,813,409

3.51568

4,007,879,371.83

Italy

42,002,072

3.15435

3,595,961,959.16

Netherlands

41,891,714

3.14606

3,586,513,778.37

France

41,523,703

3.11843

3,555,006,914.70

Denmark

38,662,548

2.90355

3,310,052,224.39

Germany

32,977,400

2.47660

2,823,324,428.19

India

25,449,024

1.91122

2,178,790,660.66

 

UK (#15)

23,139,017

1.73774

1,981,021,910.17

 

TOTAL

1,331,559,194

 

114,000,000,000



NCC Group is a leading global provider of independent IT assurance and escrow services, working with over 15,000 clients worldwide: www.nccgroup.com



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