Server and networking company Akamai has released the second of its quarterly reports investigating The State of the Internet.

Just like the last edition, it examines security issues (including where attacks on websites come from) and significant news items. It also looks at broadband adoption rates and what it calls significant ‘network events’ – I think this include things like outages and connectivity problems.

The report is a fairly interesting look at the state of things online, though it doesn’t seem to contain any really groundbreaking news. You can get it from the Akamai website. A couple of interesting snippets I noticed:

  • In May, hackers used a security hole to gain access to the Epilepsy Foundation website. They posted flashing images designed to cause seizures in site visitors with photosensitive epilepsy. How low can you get?
  • Global internet capacity is expanding significantly, with 16 new undersea cables planned for over the next three years. Amongst others, they’ll link India with the Middle East and Cyprus with mainland Europe. The report says this continued growth is necessary as we continue to watch more and more video online.

It’s worth having a look at the full report if you have a few minutes to spare.

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