India witnessed a dip in cybersecurity threats

22 January, 2020
India witnessed a dip in cybersecurity threats
Kaspersky in a recent media event in Bangalore stated that India has shown positive progress in their fight against cybercriminals. The Country reportedly saw a fall in the number of threats in 2019 as compared to 2018. According to Kaspersky's KSN reports; from 2018 and 2019 there has been a moderate decrease in the number of attacks targeted at India.

38.8 per cent of the overall Indian Kaspersky users were attacked at least once by web-based attacks in 2019 as compared to 2018 when it was 40.4 per cent. These threats include file-less malware, social engineering attacks and other attacks that were targeted through the world wide web. The total number of unique threats detected by Kaspersky products in the year 2019 was 142,250,268.

The local threats or local infections detected in India by Kaspersky products in 2019 were around 231,142,762, bringing the country on the 69th rank worldwide as compared to 2018 when the attacks detected were 297,477,131 and India was in the 47th place worldwide. These attacks usually happen due to major spreading of malware via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other "offline" methods.
India also ranks 14th worldwide in the number of attacks caused by servers that were hosted in India, which accounts for 8,064,950 incidents in the year 2019.

Mr. Dipesh Kaura, General Manager for South Asia, Kaspersky said, "In my opinion cybersecurity is the most troubling area for any large enterprise. With Kaspersky's comprehensive portfolio of cybersecurity solutions, we are in a position to help organisations to mitigate or respond to any kind of dynamic threats. We want to strengthen our position as a security solutions partner rather than just a point product organisation. The plan is to create more awareness, more mindshare, and dependability on Kaspersky. 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."

Mr. Saurabh Sharma, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team Asia Pacific (GReAT APAC) said, "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 per cent in 2018 to 39 per cent in 2019. The presence of riskware on your machine will allow threat actors to use that legitimate application for malicious purpose."

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 file downloader, software for monitoring computer activity and internet server services - such as FTP, web, proxy, and telnet.

Because there may be legitimate reasons why Riskware is present on your computer, antivirus solutions may not be able to determine whether a specific item of Riskware represents a threat to you. Kaspersky's products let you decide whether you wish to detect and remove Riskware:

Detecting and removing Riskware: There can be many reasons why you suspect that a Riskware program, that has been detected by Kaspersky's antivirus engine, is posing a threat. For example, if you didn't consent to the installation of the program and you don't know where the program came from, or if you've read a description of the program on Kaspersky's website and you now have concerns over its safety. In such cases, Kaspersky's antivirus software will help you to get rid of the Riskware program.

Choosing not to detect Riskware: For cases where Riskware programs are detected, but you're confident that these are programs that you have consented to, you may decide that the Riskware programs are not harming your devices or data. Kaspersky products let you disable the option to detect these programs - or let you add specific programs to a list of exceptions - so that the antivirus engine doesn't flag this Riskware as malicious. 
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