There has been a moderate decrease in the number of attacks targeted at India in 2019 compared to 2018, as per Kaspersky’s KSN reports.
38.8% of the overall Kaspersky users in India were attacked at least once by a web-based attacks in 2019 compared to 40.4% users in 2018. These threats include file-less malware, social engineering and other attacks that were targeted through the world wide web.
Kaspersky products detected in total 142,250,268 number of unique threats in 2019. At the same time, they detected around 231,142,762 local threats or infections in India, bringing the country on the 69th rank worldwide in 2019.
Compared this to 2018, there were 297,477,131 local threats or infections detected in India and the country was ranked higher at the 47th spot globally.
These attacks usually happen due to major spreading of malware via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other “offline” methods.
However, India still is ranked at 14th spot worldwide in terms of attacks triggered from servers hosted in India, which counted around 8,064,950 incidents in 2019.
“In my opinion cybersecurity is the most troubled area for any large enterprise. With Kaspersky’s comprehensive portfolio of cybersecurity solutions we are in a position to help organizations to mitigate or respond to any kind of dynamic threats,” said Dipesh Kaura, GM – South Asia, Kaspersky.
“We want to strengthen our position as a security solutions partner rather than just a point product organization. The plan is to create more awareness, more mind share and a dependability on Kaspersky,” added Kaura.
“We also have a very robust plan to engage with our channel partners so that we can work together to combat cyber threats and build a safer world together,” he informed.
“In India we did see a decrease in the number of adware and malware attacks, however there has been a huge increase in Riskware attacks from 28% in 2018 to 39% in 2019,” said Saurabh Sharma, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team Asia Pacific (GReAT APAC), Kaspersky.
“The presence of riskware on your machine will allow threat actors to use that legitimate application for malicious purpose,” added Sharma.
Kaspersky has recorded incidents in which legitimate, remote administration programs – such as WinVNC, which has been secretly installed in order to obtain full remote access to a computer.
Other examples of riskware include de file downloader, software for monitoring computer activity and internet server services – such as FTP, web, proxy and telnet.