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Global hacking increases in Q2, finds NCC Group

by david.nunes

Global hacking increases in Q2, finds NCC Group

Global information assurance company, NCC Group, today announces its Origin of Hacks report for the second quarter of 2012, revealing a sharp increase in hacks originating in the US, China and Russia.

The research tracks the origins of unauthorised network access attempts across the world. From April-June 2012, 22.5% of all monitored attempts originated in the US, 49 million more than January-March, when the nation was responsible for 17.4% of global hacks. China was responsible for 15.8% of the monitored global total, and Russia for 13.3%, up on 13.7% and 12.4% respectively.

The top ten hacking nations remain broadly similar to Q1, with the US, China and Russia maintaining their top three positions. The UK has slipped from 7th to 9th, responsible for 2.1% of global hacks over the last quarter.

The findings come days after Experian Credit Expert revealed that the amount of personal information being traded online by criminals has increased threefold since 2010.

Rob Cotton, CEO of NCC Group, comments: “It’s not surprising that the US, China and Russia remain the top three hacking nations – they are highly populous and highly connected countries. The increase in number of hacks could indicate a rise in malicious hacking activity or simply improvements in detection abilities. Ukraine is well known as a cybercrime haven.

“What is clear is that malicious online activity remains incredibly prolific, happening on a global scale and, currently, not being effectively combatted. The information security industry is clustered in a handful of nations, and there isn’t nearly enough transparency and collaboration.

“We are calling for greater openness, with mandatory rules of disclosure for organisations that suffer data breaches, and greater collaboration between different nations and different businesses. This should be the foundation from which to shore up defences and prepare our infrastructures in the fight against cyber crime.”


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

The research is based on intrusion detection logs monitored by DShield, a cooperative network security community based in the US. Stats do not necessarily indicate successful access, just unauthorised attempts and attacks can be routed through IP addresses in different countries.

NCC Group at Black Hat, Las Vegas

NCC Group will be giving three talks over the course of 25th & 26th July, looking into security on the post-scarcity internet, Amazon Web Services and certificate pinning.

25th July: The myth of twelve more bytes: security on the post-scarcity internet.

Presented by Alex Stamos & Tom Ritter from iSEC Partners, part of NCC Group.

25th July: Amazon Web Servers (AWS) scout.

Presented by Jonathan Chittenden from iSEC Partners, part of NCC Group.

26th July: When security gets in the way: pentesting mobile apps that use certificate pinning.

Presented by Alban Diquet & Justine Osborne from iSEC Partners, part of NCC Group.

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