When analyzing where cyber attacks originate, the country of origin may not be enough to give an adequate picture; any large country will have varying regions which may be vastly different from each other in terms of what they are famous for. That is why researchers at the CITT research institute at the University of Twente (UT, Netherlands) decided to zero in on the most culpable cities, investigating the matter in conjunction with the spin-off company Quarantainenet.
At first, a list of the top-twenty cities was compiled, which mainly consisted of ones in Asia and South America: the top three were Seoul, Taipei and Beijing. However, the scientists chose to refine their results even further: if a city has a very large population, it may be the case that the "per capita" number of cyber attacks it generates in not that large -- to fully straighten out the results, the researchers looked at "cyber attacks per million people".
When examined in this way, the Russian city of Chelyabinsk is the origin of the largest number of cyber attacks in the world, per million people -- and the city only has 1.13 million inhabitants!
At a time when cyber crime has become yet another frontier where serious defense is in order, computer security should be at the top of a user's list, right up there with new gadgets and tablets. Investing just a little bit of energy into protecting yourself now is a smart move when scientists are racking up offending cities by the handful.
You can check out the full research paper, titled Finding and Analyzing Evil Cities on the Internet, here.
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