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India Facing Increasing Malware Attacks

According to Perry4Law, a leading Techno-Legal ICT company in India that recently conducted a research, attacks with malicious software are on the rise in the country. Also said the company this problem is sure to escalate even further as there is neither the political will nor a National ICT Policy to counter against it.

Besides, India lacks the required cyber security although many effective tools and software for cyber security are freely available on the Internet.

But it is worth noting that India is not devoid of the means to combat the menace, still the problem persists due to its lack of good specialists who could execute the government's various promises. Consequently, cyber law within the country is extremely ineffective and weak, the company said.

Moreover, the 2000 Information Technology Act requires an immediate modification for an effective fight against current cyber-crimes, suggests Perry4Law.

Also according to the company, hacking appears to be a trendy thing in India, since following a hack into the account of Rina Dhaka a Delhi-based designer, fraudulent e-mails were dispatched to her contacts. The e-mails stated that Ms. Dhaka, who had lost her wallet was stranded in London and so requested the recipient for a sum of $2,000 so that she could return home.

Soon after this, another similar scam e-mail circulated in the country when two other designers, Rahul Jain and Aruna Singh in Rajasthan were spoofed, apparently resembling the classic instance of Nigerian phishing and scam attack.

Meanwhile, a new research by Symantec confirms what Perry4Law observes i.e. India might become the principal country in activities with malware if there are no norms for cyber security pertaining to potential e-governance plans of the country.

However, despite alarming malware activities in India, failures of the country's e-governance have not allowed them to take catastrophic forms. Certainly, things would change, rather become scary as soon as Indian government would supply to the country's huge population, an "unprotected Internet connectivity."

Meanwhile, attacks with malware against the websites of Indian Government too have escalated tremendously. For instance during April 2009, the Department of Telecommunication website was reportedly infested with malware.

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