Akamai Technologies released the 2nd Quarter, 2009 edition of its quarterly State of the Internet report.

Highlights include evidence that South Korea is among the fastest countries in the world and that origination-of-attack traffic is trending widely among source countries.

The report leverages published reports and information gathered from Akamai’s own network. (To download from Akamai’s site, click here.)

During the second quarter of 2009, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 201 unique countries, up from 68 in the first quarter. The United States and China continued to be the two largest sources of attack traffic, accounting for nearly 45 percent of observed attack traffic in total. During the quarter, Akamai observed attack traffic targeted at more than 4,100 unique ports, with 10 ports experiencing roughly 90 percent of the observed attacks.

While some countries saw average connection speeds decline on a quarter-over-quarter basis, year over year data points to an overall increase in connection speeds. Globally, the average connection speed was 1.5 Mbps and South Korea maintained the highest average connection speed at 11.3 Mbps.

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