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1 cyber crime in India every 10 minutes

July 22, 2017 06:27 AM

COURSTEY Jul 22 2017 : The Times of India (Ahmedabad)
1 cyber crime in India every 10 minutes
Chethan Kumar
Bengaluru


From the global ransomware attacks that hit hundreds of systems to phishing and scanning rackets, at least one cyber crime was reported every 10 minutes in India in the first six months of 2017. That's a tad worse than 2016 when one such crime was reported every 12 minutes.
According to data accessed from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total of 27,482 cases of cyber crime have been reported from January 1 to June 30. These include phishing, scanning or probing, website intrusions, defacements, virus or malicious code, ransomware and denial of service attacks.

As more Indians go online, in keeping with the Centre's push for less-cash economy and digital India, cyber experts said putting in place critical infrastructure to predict and prevent cyber crimes was the key .

“It is not just enough to make efforts at the government level, which is, in some sense happening, but cyber crime affects hundreds of individual systems and firms, all of whom need to be ready with specialised teams,“ cyber crime expert Mirza Faizan Asad said.

India has seen a total of 1.71 lakh cyber crimes in the past three-and-ahalf years and the number of crimes so far this year (27,482) indicate that the total number is likely to cross 50,000 by December just as in 2016.

While India has been dealing with crimes like phishing and defacement, ransomware attacks have come as a surprise. Analysis of data from 2013 to 2016 shows that network scanning and probing -seen as the first step to detect vulnerabilities in systems so that sensitive data can be stolen -formed 6.7% of all cases while virus or malware accounted for 17.2%.

Experts pointed out that these were indications of increasing cyber crime-as-a-service (CAAS), besides attempts for ransomware.“There has to be a concerted effort to treat cyber security seriously ... The vast majority of organisations are looking at cyber security as a compliance task and thus do the minimum possible to achieve that,“ Asad said.

Increasing ransomware threat and the demand for ransom in bitcoins -a crypto-currency which attackers feel is the safest way to get paid -saw the Supreme Court direct the Reserve Bank of India to take cognisance of the matter. The RBI has also been issuing regular warnings on bitcoins.

 

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