April 27, 2009; BANGALORE: Security and storage management leader Symantec's Net Threat report card for 2008, reinforces the previous year's finding that attacks on Internet entities are increasingly motivated by the pursuit of fortune rather than fame or notoriety.
In fact, a cold blooded rate card is now in operation, worldwide, which prices stolen credit card information at anything from 6 cents to 30 US dollars; a bank account at between $ 10 and $ 1000 and an email account at $ 10 to $ 100. Credit cards form one third of all stolen personal data.
India-specific findings of the Symantec Internet Threat Security Report for 2008 include the following:
- There are 1,03,812 computers in the country infected by bots or robot malware, an increase of 250 percent over 2007. The global increase in comparison, was 31 percent.
- Mumbai leads the league table of cities with maximum infected computers ( 37 percent of the total) followed by Chennai, 24 percent and Delhi 7 percent. Other cities with significant bot infected machines are Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Surat, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Pune.
- India has the dubious distinction of being number one in the Asia-Pacific region when it comes to worms ( 55 percent) and viruses ( 15 percent). Over 65 percent of these worms and viruses are propagated by file sharing and executable mechanisms.
Symantec monitors the web with 240,000 sensors placed in 200 countries as well as 2.5 million decoy computers. It has 8 dedicated response centres, worldwide, one of them in Pune, India.
Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director, Symantec India, who unveiled the India-specific findings in Bangalore last week, warns that the popular social networking sites are increasingly in the radar of Internet criminals. He also hinted to IndiaTechOnline, that ' taking down' India's brand equity as a global leader in outsourced IT services could also be on the agenda of many Net baddies who might be proxies for faceless agencies abroad.
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