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Cyber-Attackers Permeate All Over India

With more-and-more modern technologies and social networking operations, India is getting increasingly susceptible to online attacks. Approximately 35% of spam zombies (compromised PCs for building botnets) in APJ (Asia Pacific Japan) region had their origin in India, while 11% of phishing operations within the APJ region also had their origin in India. Deccan Chronicle reported this on May 2, 2011.

States Vice President of India Product Operations Shantanu Ghosh of Symantec, a major data security firm, social networks and Instant Messaging are being exploited for carrying out malware and virus assaults in the country. As per him, cyber-criminals are currently inserting malicious software into applications, which can be downloaded from the Internet. The Economic Times published this in news on May 2, 2011.

Apparently, Symantec observed an enormous increase in fresh online attacks numbering more than 286 million when web-based assaults rose 92% during 2010. Moreover, Mr. Ghosh thinks that India is not just having a rise in malicious activity, but that there is the greatest volume of malicious operations originating from here.

As per the Internet Security Threats Report that Symantec last released for the year 2010, cyber-criminals executed targeted assaults on many government agencies and publicly traded MNCs during 2010. During many instances, the criminals managed to prey on important businesses after which they utilized customized social engineering assaults for acquiring admission into the businesses' networks.

Furthermore, on evaluating the assaults against critical infrastructures, it has been found that there's a shortfall of signature updates and key security software in Indian companies. Symantec's report indicates that the maximum number of Stuxnet infections occurred in India after Indonesia and Iran. Stuxnet the worm, which was first detected during June 2010, attacked PCs that regulated systems controlling industrial machineries. Of all the infections, 10% was attributed to India.

Elaborates Mr. Ghosh, according to Symantec's data, spam in India accounted for the third maximum in the world. Nearly 50% of the malicious programs within the county include worms while 33% include viruses. Unfortunately, six worms out of ten in the country render security processes ineffective, Mr. Ghosh tells. The Economic Times published this.

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