‘Internet Security Threat Report’

‘• Internet Security Threat Report’ has been released by Symantec.

• Countries are ranked based on their vulnerability. These rankings are based on eight parameters – malware, spam, phishing, bots, network attacks, web attacks, ransomware and cryptominers.

Indian scenario

• India is the third-most vulnerable country in terms of cyber threat risks including malware, spam, ransomware and one of the most recent and difficult-to-detect ones – cryptominers.

• India continues to be second-most impacted by spam and bots and third-most impacted by network attacks and fourth-most impacted by ransomware.

• In terms of cryptomining activities, India has ranked second in Asia-Pacific and Japan region (APJ), and ninth globally.

Other Countries

• The US was was most vulnerable to attacks at 26.61% followed by China at 10.95%.

Concerns

• With the threat landscape becoming more diverse, attackers are working harder to discover new avenues of attack and cover their tracks.

• From the sudden spread of WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya, to the swift growth in coinminers, 2017 that digital security threats can come from new and unexpected sources.

• Cryptojacking has captured the top slot at the attacker toolkit, which signals a massive threat to cyber and personal security. Cryptojacking is defined as the secret use of a computing device to mine cryptocurrency.

• There is also a 200% increase in attackers injecting malware implants into the software supply chain in 2017. Threats in the mobile space continue to grow year-over-year, including the number of new mobile malware variants rising 54%.

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