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China was APAC's top source of web application attacks in Q1

China was APAC's top source of web application attacks in Q1 China was the top source country in Asia-Pacific and the fourth top source country in the world for web application attacks during the first quarter, research from Akamai indicates.

The content delivery network provider estimates that China was the source of 18.9 million web application attacks during the quarter, representing 5.5% of all attacks worldwide. Attack traffic in China increased by a third from last quarter, Akamai's State of the Internet -- Security report for the first quarter states.

China was the source of more than three times the number of attacks than India -- the second top market in APAC and 12th in the world -- but a fraction of the more than 117.9 million attacks sourced from the US.

Notably, China also fell off the list of the top 10 target countries for attack traffic for the quarter.

Globally, total web application attacks grew by 35% year-on-year but DDoS attacks decreased by 30% over the same period. But the report warned not to be too encouraged by this decline.

“The number of DDoS attacks has fallen in the last year, but have the risks been reduced as well? The answer is arguably no. If anything, the risks to the Internet as a whole and to targeted businesses in particular have both risen,” the report states.

“Given the growth in capability of high-end attackers, the damage a sustained DDoS attack could cause increases daily. More and more often, it’s not just the target that has to be concerned -- other organizations may be affected by collateral damage from large DDoS attacks.”