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State of the Internet: Most attacks from China; S. Korea is fastest

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Akamai's second quarter 2009 State of the Internet report came out this week, presenting results the company has culled from its vast global network of servers.

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China was again the top originator of Internet attacks, responsible for 31.35 percent of them, with the US and South Korea rounding out the top-three with 14.63 and 6.83 percent, respectively (see chart at right).

Craving speed? South Korea moved into the top spot worldwide with an average connection speed of 11 mbps, meaning the whole country averages speeds almost on par with Comcast's standard 12 mbps cable broadband. The average US speed? 4.2 mbps.

That's down 8.4 percent over the previous quarter. Though no clear answer arose for the US drop, Akamai noted Leichtman Research Group found that "net broadband subscriber additions in the second quarter across the nineteen largest cable and telephone providers in the United States were the lowest in eight years." Are Americans cutting back on high-speed Web access as purse strings are tightened?

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