How prepared are different countries to deal with damaging cyberattacks? A new book, "The Global Cyber Vulnerability Report," ranks 44 nations on their vulnerability to online threats from criminals, terrorists and rogue nations and examines how their current policies might need to change. Denmark, Norway and Finland are ranked the safest while the United States comes in at 11th and China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are considered the most vulnerable, according to an article from EurekaAlert.
Data mining experts from the University of Maryland and Virgina Tech co-authored the book, which is based on a two-year study that analyzed more than 20 billion automatically generated reports collected from 4 million machines worldwide. Rankings were based on the number of machines attacked in a country and the number of times each machine was attacked, according to the article. The study concludes that machines in the U.S. are most vulnerable to Trojans, viruses and worms but are also threatened by misleading software, such as fake anti-virus programs and disk cleanup utilities, far more than comparable nations.
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