Russian city carries out most cyber attacks per capita: study

Jul 11, 2011

The Russian city of Chelyabinsk has the greatest concentration of cybercrime on the internet. Kuala Lumpur is in second place and Buenos Aires has the dubious distinction of coming in third. This finding has emerged from research carried out at the CTIT research institute of the University of Twente (The Netherlands) in collaboration with the spin-off company Quarantainenet. The study looked into which cities carried out the most cyber attacks per million inhabitants.

Research into usually focuses on the country of origin of . China, Brazil and the United States are nearly always at the top of the list. Since some countries are very large and diverse, this method paints an inadequate picture of the actual problem. The more accurate your information on the location of (or clusters of them), the better you can fight .

This is why scientists at the CTIT research institute of the University of Twente and the spin-off company Quarantainenet decided to study which cities most cyber attacks come from. The top-three are Seoul, Taipei and Beijing. The top-twenty is primarily made up of cities in Asia and South America. Only one European city ranks in the top-twenty: Bucharest.

To determine which city in fact has the highest concentration of criminal activity on the internet, the researchers compensated their results for the populations of the cities in question. This led to a marked shake-up of the ranking. The Russian city of Chelyabinsk can claim the illustrious number-one position, with 120 attacks per one million inhabitants. The capital of Malaysia comes in at number two, while Argentina's capital city ranks third.

The research was conducted by Matthew van Polen, Giovane Moura and Aiko Pras. The Design and Analysis of (DACS) research group and the UT spin-off company Quarantainenet were responsible for the study. The research was recently presented at the AIMS 2011 conference in Nancy, France. The article Finding and Analyzing Evil Cities details the study and the results and was recently published online.

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bottomlesssoul
1 / 5 (1) Jul 12, 2011
The original publication title is evil (ironically), attributing the actions of 120 attacks to the million inhabitants. Seriously, 120 attacks is probably 40 kids and maybe 5 hardcore nasty people wishing serious harm.

To attribute the character of the city to a few bad apples is evil, or at best harmful.

I could as easily say because of this all IT security personal are evil because (at least) one wrote a nasty paper.
MarkyMark
not rated yet Jul 12, 2011
I fail to see where in the article they go on about the charecter of the city. From what i see its jus about the distribution of hackers who happen to live in a city.

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