Internet attacks are international, China has been in the firing line for attacks on U.S. defense and national security sites, Russia is frequent offender as indeed are operators in the U.S. and Taiwan but Burma, hitherto not thought of as much of a player, has raced out to lead the field in this particular kind of online naughtiness according to a recent study.
U.S. based internet tracking and company, Akamai‘s State of the Internet report found Burma, also known as Myanmar, now represents 13 percent of all attack traffic they observed in the first quarter of 2011.
This is surprising given the isolated and infrastructure poor nation last year did not even make the top 10.
There is some speculation about how they did rocket up the rankings so quickly. The military regime that effectively rules the country certainly have a solid history of achievement in a full and diverse range of anti-social and anti democratic activities ranging from human rights abuses to illicit drug production to child soldiers and so on.
It would therefore come as little surprise to find they have little respect for data or computer systems that do not belong to them but there is the question of would they have the technical ability to launch such a large number of attacks. The answer is probably “no” unless they were receiving help from other sources which is certainly possible.
When it comes to nefarious activities Burma’s leaders are happy to share the “love” with foreign partners as has been seen in their involvement in the international heroin and and methamphetamine trade.
However experts say there are other possibilities, “It’s not clear if that attacks from Myanmar are coming from a specific group or if its some kind of botnet that happened to find some unprotected hosts,” said David Belson the report’s editor in an interview with InternetNews carried on eSecurity Planet’s website.
Belson noted that it will be interesting to see if the trend on Myanmar leading the list will continue into the second quarter and beyond.
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