Singapore ranks 9th on worst Internet pirates in the world

Singapore online users have been ranked the ninth-worst Internet pirates in the world, according to a report by London-based tech firm Muso. 

On the average, each Internet user in Singapore visited piracy sites 180 times last year.

Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Singapore is also the only non-European country in the top 10 list. Belarus is the most rampant in accessing illegal content, with each user visiting such sites 284 times, followed by Lithuania (269) and Georgia (243).

The ranking is based on the number of visits to piracy sites as a ratio to the country’s Internet-user population, Todayonline reported on May 4, 2017. Data was collected from more than 23,000 of the highest-traffic sites globally. The collection covered over 200 million devices, including desktops and mobile devices, in more than 220 countries.

The forms of online piracy covered include Web streaming, Web downloads, public and private torrents, and stream ripping. Streaming formed majority of illegal access to content, followed by public torrent sites and Web download.

These figures do not include data from China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea, said the tech firm. This was because the firm’s domain coverage for these locations was not complete during the period of the study.

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. 

Sometimes she writes with light. 

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