A new "state of the Internet" report shows more people around the world are connected, and they're doing so at faster speeds. But as the Internet grows, so does the number of cyberattacks.
A quarterly report from Akamai Technologies, which provides cloud services to businesses, details a bleak portrait of hackers' increased activity in the last quarter of 2013.
The most shocking stat is related to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, a method in which attackers intentionally send Web services so much traffic that they either slow down or crash.
In the last quarter of 2013, Akamai customers suffered 75 percent more DDoS attacks than they did in the fourth quarter of 2012. It was a nearly 23 percent jump over the prior quarter.
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