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Mobile malware tightens its grip in India

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With mobile penetration in India rising steadily, newer set of online security concerns have emerged. India now ranks fourth in the world when it comes to mobile malware, with Chandigarh topping the list of cities most affected by it within the country.

According to a report released by online security provider F-Secure Labs, a malware called Ransomware is behind majority of such attacks. It demands payment in exchange for unlocking the user’s files.

The research by the company has also identified India as a center for botnets – as bot infecting viruses like Ramnit and Sality are rampant. In the PC malware landscape infections like Trojan, LNK and Conficker (Downadup) are still the highest.

As per the research, top five most infected Indian cities are Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi. The national capital has the highest number of SMS sending mobile malware in the country. Of late, Tier-II cities are becoming favourite destinations for mobile malwares. Chandigarh is a prime example of that, it added.

Commenting on the report, Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor, at F-Secure Labs said: “Details emerged earlier this year that paint a fascinating picture of crime-based malware evolving into espionage-ware. The bad guys out there are targeting far more than credit cards these days. Everything is of interest and there are likely a significant number of buyers of corporate data.”

Further the report said that on the mobile devices second quarter of 2014 witnessed 295 new threat variants– out of which 294 were on Android platform and one was on iOS.

During the first half of 2014, 25 new Mac threat variants were discovered, some of which were used in targeted attacks against organisations.

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