Number of hacker attacks on websites has sharply risen

hackerThe number of hacker attacks on websites has sharply risen, and most of them are originating from China, according to a new report on Internet activity.

Akamai Technologies’ Fourth Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report, which was released Wednesday, says reported denial of service attacks rose 75 percent in Q4 2013 compared to the previous year, and were up 23 percent from the previous quarter.

The data was gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, a cloud service for delivering and securing online content, the company said in a press release.

Throughout 2013, the company says its customers reported 1,153 denial of service attacks – a 50% increase from the 768 reported attacks in 2012. In the last quarter of 2013 alone, 241 of those attacks were directed at enterprise and commerce industry websites. Slightly less than half of reported attacks in Q4 2013 were directed at American websites.  More