Akamai Analyzes Q1 Shifts in Internet, Security Landscape

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-07-16

The Internet keeps getting faster, but the path of growth is not a straight line from quarter to quarter. That's one of many findings in the Akamai first-quarter 2014 State of the Internet report. The analysis, providing insight based on what Akamai saw during the quarter across its globally distributed network platform, covers global Internet speeds and attack patterns. The global average connection speed at the end of the first quarter reached 3.9M bps, up just 1.8 percent from the 3.5M bps reported during the fourth quarter of 2013. On a year-over-year basis, the global average connection speed grew 24 percent. On the security front, Akamai saw attack traffic from 194 countries in the first quarter; that's six more than in the fourth quarter of 2013. While a few more countries are in Akamai's cross hairs, the same ones still lead the list, with China once again the top source for attack traffic. The U.S. comes in second and Indonesia in third. Attackers from all regions continued to hit server port 445, which handles Microsoft Directory Services, though Akamai noted that it observed an increased amount of attacks targeting port 500, which handles Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) functionality. eWEEK takes a look at the report's key findings.


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