Akamai Reports on Internet Attacks

Russia and Germany in top 10 countries originating Internet attack traffic

April 1, 2009

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LONDON -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced the release of the fourth edition of its quarterly State of the Internet report available for download at www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet. Leveraging published reports and information gathered from its network, Akamai's quarterly report provides insight into key Internet statistics such as origin of attack traffic, network outages and broadband connectivity levels across the globe.

As the Company's fourth published edition, the report also now provides a full-year view, as well as a quarterly view, into trends. Those trends include:

Attack Traffic

In December 08, a report 1 which examined the security threat landscape over the course of 2008, noted that the top 5 malware-hosting countries in 2008 included the United States, China (including Hong Kong), Russia, Germany, and South Korea. All these countries have also consistently been within the top 10 countries that Akamai has observed attack traffic originating in during 2008.

Website Outages

Increased traffic due to “flash crowds” caused outages at a number of websites in the fourth quarter. This included Europeana (www.europeana.eu), a Europe-based digital library, that enjoyed a high-profile launch on November 20, but its system was swamped by an unexpected 10 million user requests per hour and the website crashed within 24 hours.

Broadband Connectivity

European countries continued to demonstrate some of the highest levels of broadband penetration, holding eight of the top 10 slots. The United States recorded a slight increase, and continued to maintain the 11th place position. From a global perspective, penetration effectively quadrupled during 2008, from 0.01 broadband IP’s per capita in the first quarter to 0.04 in the fourth quarter.

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