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India saw over 4.3 Lakh Cyber Attacks from China, Russia, US, Germany and Netherlands


As per F-Secure's honeypot data, China, Russia, the US, Germany and the Netherlands together have targeted India with more than 4.3 Lakh cyber attacks whereas, on the other side, India overall have initiated more than 73,000 cyber attacks on all countries during January to June this year. The maximum cyber attacks carried out on India were from Russia (i.e. 255,589 attacks). After Russia, US with 103,458 cyber attacks on India was in the second position. The third position in terms of cyber attacks on India goes to China with 42,544 attacks. Then there was Netherlands and Germany with 19,169 and 15,330 cyber attacks on India, respectively.


Similarly, Austria, the UK, Ukraine, Japan, and the Netherlands were the top countries that have been targeted by cyber attackers from India. Together, there were 36,563 cyber attacks on these five countries. As per the break-up of F-Secure, most cyber attacks initiated by India were on Austria (i.e. 12,540 attacks). It was followed by the Netherlands and the UK who were targeted with 9,267 and 6,347 cyber attacks by India, respectively. The fourth and fifth position goes to Japan and Ukraine, respectively.


On global basis, India was in 13th position when it comes to hackers initiating cyber attacks with 73,482 such attacks, as posted by moneycontrol.com on November 11, 2018.


F-Secure cyber security products R&D Vice President, Leszek Tasiemski, said that "the relatively higher number of inbound attacks on Indian honeypots reflects how the fast-digitising country is becoming more lucrative for global cyber criminals".


For tracking these cyber attacks, 41 honeypots were deployed by F-Secure across the globe. "Honeypots" are decoy servers which emulate the actual IT environment of any business enterprise. To attackers, these look like real companies' actual servers with vulnerabilities and weaknesses.


This method, as per F-Secure, helps to have critical insights on the attack types, sources, popular targets, TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures) and volume. F-secure said that "such insights are collected by deliberately allowing potential attackers to gain unauthorised access to the emulated services of a server, and then studying the attack path to the point that the attacker realises it is a honeypot".


F-Secure is analysing and gathering all pertinent data to make sure that the customers remain safe amidst the threat landscape that is dynamically evolving.

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