New Delhi: A resurgent India is rising quickly on the global digital platform, thanks to the ruling NDA-government’s vigorous push towards digitization of governance and services. But this has also drawn the attention of cybercriminals across the world towards the relatively infant cyberspace of India.
Indian cyber space was targeted over 4.3 lakh times by hackers from the US, China, Russia, the Netherlands and Germany, between January and June this year. In comparison, 73,000 attacks came from India in the same time period, according to F-Secure, a Finnish cyber-security company.
According to a report by news agency IANS, F-Secure said India received 436,090 attacks from the five nations whereas Indian cyber attackers mainly targeted Austria (12,540), the Netherlands (9,267), the UK (6,347), Japan (4,701) and Ukraine (3,708).
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According to F-Secure’s honeypot data, Russia accounted for most cyber attacks on India (255,589), followed by the US (103,458), China (42,544), the Netherlands (19,169) and 15,330 attacks from Germany.
India’s fast-digitisation making it lucrative to cybercriminals
Vice President of cyber security products R&D at F-Secure, Leszek Tasiemski, said, “The relatively higher number of inbound attacks on Indian honeypots reflects how the fast-digitising country is becoming more lucrative for global cybercriminals”.
“We are gathering and analysing all the pertinent data to ensure that our customers stay protected given the dynamically evolving threat landscape,” he added.
To track these cyber attacks, F-Secure has deployed 41 honeypots across the globe.
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What are Honeypots?
Honeypots are basically decoy servers that emulate the real IT environment of a business enterprise.
Honeypots are set up explicitly to grab the attention of attackers. They are used to gain critical insights on attack types, popular targets, sources, volume and TTPs (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures). These honeypots are developed to deceive even elite hackers and appear to be serving a specific purpose or organisation.
Such insights are collected by deliberately allowing potential attackers to gain unauthorized access to the emulated services of a server and then studying the attack path to the point that the attacker realizes it is a honeypot, F-secure said.
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