The US is the largest mass producer of cyber attacks, according to security expert Riptech, with Israel producing the most attacks per capita.
In its report out today (28 Jan) Riptech, which investigated over 128,000 cyber attacks in an analysis of 5.5 billion log entries over the six months to December, found that hi-tech, financial, power and media companies were the most likely to suffer.
"Once companies connect to the internet, they are virtually guaranteed to suffer some form of attack," said the report. Although most attacks were harmless, some 43 per cent were graded as 'critical' or 'emergency level' events.
Israel, which has produced security software specialists such as Checkpoint and Kavado, produced more cyber attacks per head of population than any other nation, at 26 attacks per 10,000 internet users.
It was followed closely by Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea and France. The UK came ninth for total attacks.
According to the report, energy companies in the Middle East are seen as key targets, while in Asia the financial sector received the brunt of the attacks.
Public companies reported twice as many attacks as private and non-profit organisations, while businesses with over 500 employees received 50 per cent more attacks than their smaller counterparts.
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