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F-Secure, - Delhi Leads in Malware Infections in 2014

Ibtimes.co. reported during the last week of February 2015 stating that Finnish security firm F-Secure in its recent report "The State of Internet in India" for 2014 reveals that New Delhi houses the maximum number of malware-infected PCs and mobiles in the country and it is most vulnerable to such risks.

Ibtimes.co. reported in the last week of February 2015 quoting Amit Nath, Country Manager (India and SAARC) of F-Secure, as saying "New Delhi has become the top malicious city and hackers can attack corporates and individuals maximum in this city as compared to other cities in the country."

Nath added that governments are considering offering free Wi-Fi all over the cities like Delhi and Chandigarh and as more cities adopt W-Fi, government has to be careful because public Wi-Fi can be misused by cybercriminals. This is after the report revealed that Delhi recorded 20% PC malware infections during 2014.

F-Secure said in its report that Hyderabad (9%), Chandigarh (9%) and Chennai (7%) were the other cities where most personal computers have been affected by malware.

The report added that many malware infections in India were related to botnet. A botnet is a collection of Internet-connected programs connecting other similar programs to send spam email or participate in distributed denial-of-service attacks which allows hackers to gain control over the computer of the user.

F-Secure found that banking-related malware like Sality (14%) and Ramnit (5%) which steal banking details of users continued to top malware and primarily dispense via flash or pen drives.

Data of F-Secure revealed that maximum detections found during the last week of August 2014 and detections pertain to both consumers and companies.

Livemint.com published news during last week of February 2015 quoting Pekka Usva, Vice-President of Corporate Security of F-Secure, as saying "Inspite of decline of Conficker/Downadup, infections such as Ramnit, Virtob and Sality have continued to mark their existence in India for the last three years."

Downadup or Conficker is amongst the largest known computer worm infections tantalizing Windows OSs and it did not figure amongst the top 5 malwares in India during 2014 but it led in malware activity during 2012 with securing fourth position in 2013.

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