I am told, by those who follow the sport, that the Netherlands soccer team stands a pretty good chance of lifting the FIFA 2010 World Cup trophy. The bad news for any Netherlands fans is that their side has already been defeated by India, in the World Cup of security that is.

A SecureWorks study analysed the locations of attempted cyber attacks on its global client-base between January and June this year, and then compared this with the total number of active PCs in each country to produce a league table that determines which of the top 16 countries based on active computer counts had the lowest number of attempted cyber attacks originating from within its borders. The results might surprise you.

India were the clear winners with just 52 attacks per 1000 computers originating from within its borders. The Netherlands came in second with 57 attacks, just beating off some stiff competition from Germany (78) and Brazil (89) with all other countries not managing to break the under one hundred attacks barrier. France came fifth with 106 while the UK was sixth on 107, but the USA put in a shameful performance to finish at the bottom of the table on an astonishing 1,660 attempted attacks per thousand computers. China is often seen as one of the bad guys when it comes to launching cyber-attacks , but only finished tenth with just 201 attacks per 1000. Meanwhile Russia, the other infamous bad guy, didn't do so well by ending up only two places above the United States with a score of 520. Who separated Russia and the US, do I hear you ask? That would be South Korea with a poor 795 attacks per 1000 computers.

"The statistics show that a substantial number of vulnerable computers in countries worldwide have been compromised and are being used as bots to launch cyber attacks " said Jon Ramsey, CTO for SecureWorks, adding "the reasons for the difference in number of attempted attacks per country could comprise many things - this ranges from the overall Internet speeds in a country and how proactive the ISPs are in protecting their clients to general user education on security. The ratio of Windows, Mac and Linux users in a country will also make a big difference.

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A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to Forbes.com, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...