The UK is in the top ten sources of cyber attacks for the first time this year, according to the latest Origin of Hacks report from IT assurance and security organisation, the NCC Group.
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The study, which tracks global computer hacking for the first quarter of the year, also shows that the proportion of hacks coming from Russia and the Netherlands rose abruptly.
The UK has jumped 8 places in the league to seventh position, with 2.4% of the world’s hacking attempts originating there in the first quarter of 2012. This is up 100% from the second half of 2011.
China still tops the league, followed by the US. Russia is in third position with more than 12% of global hacks originating there, compared with just 3.5% in the previous six months.
There was also a significant rise in hacks from the Netherlands, up from 3.1% to over 11%, moving it into fourth place in the hacking chart.
Overall, the top ten has changed a great deal over just three months, with Italy, France and India all dropping out. Taking their places are Ukraine (fifth), UK and South Korea (ninth).
“Cyber crime is perpetually evolving - the dramatic increase of hacks from certain countries over a three-month period just goes to show the fluidity and quick-changing nature of the issue," said Rob Cotton, chief executive of the NCC Group.
“Because cyber crime develops and alters on a daily basis, so too must the counter-measures. We need greater agility and collaboration on an international scale," Cotton said.