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Kaspersky Announces that 19.9 Million Malware Threats were Detected on Computers in India in Q2-2013

ZDNet.com reported on 25th July 2013 that according to Kaspersky Lab's second quarter report (Q2-2013), 19.9 million malware threats were detected on the machines of Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) users in India.

On the whole, 35.6% of Internauts were struck by web-borne attacks during this period, that is, in Q2-2013, and was India placed 15th globally when it came to the risks while surfing the Internet.

The stats gathered in the report (excluding spam) in India are based on absolutely unknown data acquired from Kaspersky's Lab products which are installed on user's computers with complete permission of users involved.

Moreover, Kaspersky's Lab products unearthed 5.39 crore local malicious software incidents on machines of KSN users in India. Taken as a whole, 49.6% of Internauts in this country (referring to India) were hit by local malicious threats during this time-period (Q2-2013), that places India in 10th position worldwide.

The share of nasty incidents caused as a result of malware hosted in India was a staggering 0.10% which is 5.43 lakh incidents. This places India on the 39th position globally. The share of junk emails sent via computers and servers located in India was 2.52% putting India in 10th place worldwide.

Also, techniques such as exploiting flaws in web browsers and their plug-ins (drive-by download) and social engineering tactics were employed more often by cyber crooks to infiltrate users systems, the latest report said.

Kaspersky report advises Internet users in India to be more alert and vigilant while being online and to be careful of any abnormal activities.

It becomes challenging to determine the suspicious activity when users are not aware of what to look for. However, simple precautions such as not selecting features and not opening any attachment without a virus scan can help in preventing some attacks.

The report also advises that if users find malicious software on the homepage of the site then they should not proceed further. But irony is that so many users still don't follow these simple precautions and end up with paying consequences in the end.

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