New Zealand is the second most hacked country

New Zealand is the second most hacked country per head of population across US, UK, Russia and the Asia Pacific countries, a new report says.

The TippingPoint Cyberhack report said there have been 5849 successful hacks in 2008 so far against websites with .nz addresses, or one for every 730 people.

This puts the country just behind the UK, with one hack per 683 people, and ahead of Australia, which had 871 people per hack.

New Zealand’s poor showing may come from its small, relatively tech-savvy population. The total number of hacks in the country was much lower than larger countries like the UK, Australia, and China.

The country’s government websites ( fared a bit better, recording 17 hacks, well down the list.

The report does not cover New Zealand-based websites with .com, .org, or other international addresses.

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NZ inches up OECD broadband rankings

New Zealand has climbed one place to 19th in the latest OECD broadband, or high-speed internet, rankings.

Fairfax Media

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s
broadband statistics report, for the six months to December, shows New
Zealand 19th out of 30 countries. That is up from 20th in the previous
OECD half-year report. The figures are based on broadband subscribers
per 100 inhabitants.

According to Internet NZ, 18.3 out of every 100 Kiwis now have
broadband. This compares to the OECD country average of 20 and gives a
total of 757,132 broadband subscribers in New Zealand.

Internet NZ executive director Keith Davidson said today the
Government-enforced three way operational separation of Telecom had
both helped boost competition in the telecoms market and broadband
uptake. He said it was encouraging that New Zealand was the sixth
fastest growing OECD country in terms of broadband penetration with a
net increase of 4.37 subscribers per 100 people.

“If New Zealand maintains this rate of growth then it will continue
to slowly improve its position relative to other OECD nations,”
Davidson said.

However, to reach the top half of the OECD Davidson suggested
substantial investment in, and customer uptake of, an open access fibre
network was needed.