Akamai Technologies has released its inaugural ‘State of the Internet’ report with the January-March quarter of 2008. The quarterly report is extrapolated from data gathered across Akamai’s global server network and includes data on the origins of attack traffic, network outages and de-peering events, as well as a look at broadband connectivity by geography. In addition to providing a quarterly summary, Akamai will document trends seen in this data over time.
Brad Rinklin, Vice President-Marketing, Akamai, said, “Akamai is in a unique position to provide an in-depth look at the current state of the Internet and illuminate emerging trends. Our hope is that this report will serve as a key indicator on important developments with the Internet, and provide guidance to companies launching initiatives that leverage the Internet as a primary delivery mechanism.”
Akamai’s report will also aggregate publicly available news and information about notable events seen throughout the quarter, including ‘Denial of Service’ attacks, website hacks, and network events.
During the first quarter of 2008, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 125 unique countries around the world. China and the US were the two largest attack traffic sources, accounting for some 30 per cent of this traffic in total. India contributed 2.53 per cent to global attack traffic and ranked among the global Top Ten in terms of countries with traffic attack origin. Akamai observed attack traffic targeted at 23 unique network ports. Many of the ports that saw the highest levels of attack traffic were targeted by worms, viruses, and bots that spread across the Internet several years ago.
A number of major network events occurred during the first quarter that impacted millions of Internet users. At the end of January, undersea cable cuts in the Mediterranean Sea severed Internet connectivity between the Middle East and Europe, drastically slowing communications. De-peering events between major networks impacted Internet communications for select Internet users in the US and Europe for a two-week period. A routing change by a telecommunications provider spread across the Internet resulting in a popular Internet video sharing site to go offline for several hours.
Meanwhile, Akamai is planning to release its second quarter State of the Internet report in August 2008.