South Africa one of the countries most vulnerable to hacking

A new map of the Internet by security firm Rapid7 has revealed the countries most vulnerable to hacking attacks – with South Africa coming in ninth place.

According to a report by The Guardian, the ranking is based on the firm’s scanning of servers with their “front doors wide open”.

It was produced using Rapid7’s Project Sonar, a tool that scans public-facing IP addresses.

The most exposed country in the world is Belgium, followed by Tajikistan, Samoa, and Australia.

“The more services offered by a server or device, the greater the attack surface/exposure of that server or device,” said Rapid7 of its ranking method, which looked at the proportion of exposed servers per country.

The 10 most vulnerable nations are:

  1. Belgium
  2. Tajikistan
  3. Samoa
  4. Australia
  5. China
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. Afghanistan
  9. South Africa
  10. Ethiopia

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