A security expert looking at different kinds of Internet attacks coming from different countries begins to see patterns emerging. "All kinds of attacks come from all over the world," says Ben Johnson, chief security strategist and co-founder of Carbon Black. But "particular attacks are more common in particular places (or are at least more overt), and there are reasons to that. Often it fits into the capabilities of the population, the story that the attacker is trying to build, and the goals of the team or teams conducting the attacks." A look at the reasons behind differences in threat geography can help illuminate the some important facts about world politics and economics.