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22% Rise in Cyberattacks on IoT Deployment in India During The Second Quarter

The deployment of IoT in India also saw the increase in cyberattacks in the second  quarter revealed a study by  cybersecurity firm Subex. The country saw a 22% jump in total number of attacks in the IoT segment during the quarter ended April to June, the report said. Globally cyber attacks increased by 13% during the same period. This was also the second consecutive quarter that India topped the list of most-attacked nations in Subex’s study. Singapore, UK, and France were the other countries with a high number of attacks.

During the quarter, the researchers registered 33,450 high-grade attacks, 500 of which were very high sophistication. Among the 15 Indian cities from which data was gathered, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru are attracting the maximum number of cyberattacks. IoT systems related to smart cities, financial services, and transportation sectors were the top targets for hackers, accounting for over 51% of all cyber-attacks registered.
“The threat intelligence compiled points to a high level of hacker interest in projects in India and this is indeed a matter of concern,” P. Vinod Kumar, CEO, Subex, said in a statement.

Hackers deployed a range of sophisticated malware is being deployed by hackers to target critical infrastructure projects and there has been a significant rise in reconnaissance attacks. The study identified over 2,550 unique malware samples in the country.

Internet of Things (IoT) projects are being targeted at the proof of concept stages itself and many malware samples isolated showed a tendency to persist and listen to the network traffic.

Increase in the number of attacks with geopolitical motivation is also a trend, the study reported. As many as 15,000 new samples of malware were discovered this quarter and, in a sign of increased sophistication of threats, 17% of the samples collected were modular malware an advanced attack on a system that acts in different stages.

IoT deployments in India received the maximum number of attacks from Central Europe such as Czech Republic and Poland. The attacks were originating from a few botnets that got detected in the region said the report and  the IP range clearly indicated a signi?cant degree of compromise.

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