Hackers are the new pirates of the computer age. They live an outlaw existence and stay hidden for as long as they can. Some hack to spread a message and ideology while others do it just for fun. Some hackers even do it just to show the cracks in the system. Hackers are not easy to track because they can use any infected computer from anywhere in the world to launch their attacks. And it is obvious that hackers are present all over the world. But, recent studies and surveys have shown that there are 10 countries that together have about 75% of the world’s hackers.
Here are the top 10 countries where most of the world’s hackers come from.
Hungary is a small European country but it is responsible for 1.4 percent of the world’s hacking attacks. Many European countries have a strong culture of hacking and Hungary just made it into the top 10, closely beating South Korea.
Italy contributes about 1.6 percent of the cyber attacks around the world. Luigi Auriemma and Donato Ferrante are two famous Italian hackers who work for ReVuln, a company that hacks government websites and provide information about the security threats.
India is a leading country in IT and computer science and this shows in the world of hacking as well. About 2.5 percent of hacking in the world happens from India. Hackers sometimes also turn to activism and protest censorship of the internet.
Romania is another small European country that has a large population of hackers. About 2.8 percent of hacking attacks come from Romania. Ramnicu Valcea is a small town in Romania that has become a global hub for hackers and a safe haven for cyber criminals. It has been nicknamed “Hackerville” because of all the cyber thefts that originate from this small town.
Brazil is responsible for about 3.3 percent of the world’s hacking attacks. Brazil has become a major hub outside Europe and Asia for hackers. A large part of the population in Brazil is online and their banks have been pioneers in the use of electronic money. This has also given rise to cyber criminals who like to steal that electronic money.
Taiwan claims to be free but China claims it is one of their provinces. Whatever be the political scenario, Taiwan alone contributes to 3.7 percent of the worldwide cyber attacks. Taiwan is a hub for internet piracy and a large number of computers in Taiwan have been infected by malware.
Russia hosts very powerful hackers who along with other Eastern European hackers are considered to be some of the strongest and most dangerous hackers in the world. Russia contributes to about 4.3 percent of the world’s cyber attacks. Top companies around the world such as Microsoft, Apple, Nokia, Facebook, Twitter etc. are on the radar of Russian hackers.
A surprise in the top 3 is Turkey which is responsible for 4.7 percent of the hacking in the world. Black-Spy and Whoole are handles used by Turkish hackers. TurkHack Team recently celebrated Victory Day by hacking 350 websites. This hacktivist group calls for worldwide peace and end to war and exploitation.
2. United States of America
USA is responsible for 10% of cyber attacks in the world. Many famous hacking groups such as Masters of Deception (MOD); Legion of Doom (LOD); Level7; and Cult of the Dead Cow, originated in America. The whole hacking scene started in America where the computer age first began.
China is the most notorious country when it comes to hacking. Chinese hackers are responsible for a mind boggling 41 percent of the world’s cyber attacks. Chinese hacking groups are very sophisticated and well organized. The Chinese military is also supposedly linked to some hacking groups. Honker Union is a famous hacker group from China which has nationalist ideology and attacks the countries which they consider to be the enemies of China.