India lies next only to Russia in terms of mobile cyber attacks: Kaspersky

Russia based cyber-security solutions firm, Kaspersky has recently released its list of countries which are highly prone to mobile cyber attacks. As reported by ET, India holding 7.9 percent share in attacks, is next only to Russia accounting for 40.34 per cent of all attacked unique users.

As said, the majority of the mobile malwares targeted users money by designing malicious programs for phishing and stealing bank details. Also, the Android based devices were found to be targetted most by cyber criminals to distribute mobile malware.

Other countries in the top 10 list included Vietnam (3.96 per cent), Ukraine (3.84 per cent) and the UK (3.42 per cent), Germany (3.2 per cent), Kazakhstan (2.88 per cent), the US (2.13 per cent), Malaysia (2.12 per cent) and Iran (2.01 per cent).

Its not for the first time that India has been listed in such reports. With the increase in internet  penetration and the pace at which users are adopting mobiles, cyber threats have also shown an increase.

May 2013 Fraud Report, by RSA, The Security Division of EMC, also revealed some similar findings. The report stated that India is amongst top three countries targeted by phishing attacks by brands. India accounted for eight per cent of the total phishing attack volume worldwide in April alone, as per the report.

The Kaspersky, in its third quarter Security Bulletin, July-Sep 2013 revealed that the country takes seventh position worldwide with a share of 3.72% In terms of spam sent via computers and servers based in India. Also, in 2013, it came into notice that about 10,000 internet users in India face phishing attacks daily from the cybercriminals.

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Also, as revealed in a Norton report by Symantec, India is among the world’s top five countries for the highest number of incidences of cyber crime. This includes ransomware, identity theft and phishing incidents with the average cost per cyber victim going up from USD 192 last year to USD 207.

“Currently online payment card fraud is 63% of the total retail pay-card fraud. The major challenge in cyberspace is the anonymity which makes identity tracing a significant problem. However, this problem is further complicated when even the digital stamping of transactions in cyberspace is denied.”, said Dr. Aravind  Chaturvedi, Additional SP, UP Special Task Force, in the recent cyber crime conference at IRE 2014.

With India becoming a growing market for worldwide ecommerce and smartphone segment, tackling with cyber issues effectively have become extremely important to increase the trust of the online consumers as well as the internet population.

Recently, the Union Government of India released a national cyber security policy for the year 2013, as a protection towards growing cyber crimes & growing privacy concerns in the country. However, looking at the current report from Kaspersky, it seems that a lot more has to be done to reduce the level of cyber crimes in the country.

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