It continues to amaze me how many times a day hackers try to break into servers on the web. The majority are from China and Russia, but there are still plenty of others in the USA and Europe. If you install a brand new server on the internet I guarantee within 24 hours you’ll start to be flooded with break-in attempts, no matter where you are in the world. Nothing seems to stop the flood of ssh, email, and web attacks.
What does surprise me is how poorly protected most default installs of linux are. One company I was chatting with recently decided to block all IP requests from China and Russia from day one. May not be in the spirit of the Internet, but frankly I can understand why they did it. They certainly get less break-in attempts and for their primarily US based clients it does not seem to hamper their business.
Just imagine how much more we could do if these same people used their time more productively.