A quarter of world’s Internet users vulnerable to infrastructure attack

May 26 (UPI) — A quarter of the world’s Internet users are more vulnerable to Internet infrastructure attacks than previously thought due to overreliance on too few providers, a new study found.

Developed countries, like the United States, rely on a large number of providers for Internet infrastructure by connecting networks to one another through a process called “direct peering,” according to the study conducted by University of California San Diego computer scientists.

“But a large portion of the Internet doesn’t function with peering agreements for network connectivity,” study author Alexander Gamero-Garrido, who earned his doctorate in computer science at the University of California San Diego, said in a statement.


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