Ransomware attacks and cyber thefts are on a rise in India. The second quarter of the calendar year 2017 has noted 13 families of ransomware and more than 2.3 million infections on Windows.
Every minute the windows is prone to 1700 different malware attacks. The Trojan malware tops the list showing 37 percent detection. It is followed by the Infectors, Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA), and Worms and Adware.
In the digital India era, Android Banking Trojan has surged to 166 percent. Cyber punks have directed their attacks from where they could gain more profit. This has led to a rise in the Android ransomware attacks by a leaping 16 percent. Android infections, over 1 million, has been hitting hard on the users.
The Quarterly Threat Report released by the Quick Heal Technologies saw a drop of 23 percent malware detection in Q2 as compared to Q1. Despite that a spike in the ransomware software was evident.
The active ransomware families in the Q2 include WannaCry, Petya (aka NotPetya), Crisis, Jaff, Cry9, Cry128 among many others.
The cyber thieves are found to run the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) feature very often. This allows them to take control over a remote computer using network connections. The RDS element enables them to access and steal your credential data through your weak passwords, and various software techniques.
The Threat Research and Response division under the Quick Heal Technologies, the Quick Heal Security Labs, has studied a growing trend in the cyber-crimes and vulnerabilities in the near future.
Ransomware attacks on cloud servers is predicted to increase, as cloud offers you a major space to store your data. If you fail to keep your systems and software up-to-date, you may experience massive attacks from WannaCry. You need to be on an alert as newer version of WannaCry or Petya may soon emerge. Health-care organisations without tightened security systems may also fall prey to the cyber thefts.
While using your digital wallets for transactions, maintain caution as this has become a hot point for hacking activities. You may also notice a rise in the Adware campaigns, another red flag for you to take precaution.
While if you are using Android connections, scammers might intrude your personal space with fake apps. Make sure that you download only registered and safe apps in to your system.
“Although malware detections on Windows and Android saw a decline compared to last quarter, ransomware attacks have increased – WannaCry and Petya being the notable ones. This trend proves that cyber criminals are working on attacks that require fewer resources but at the same time, give higher returns. Even novice cyber criminals who may not be able to create a ransomware are outsourcing crimes through Ransomware-as-a-Service. WannaCry couldn’t have been the biggest attack in history if people were prudent enough to keep their operating systems up-to-date with security patches released by Microsoft way before the attack happened. It’s about time people paid heed to warnings, understand the types of digital threats, be wary of sharing their personal details and treat our digital lives in the same manner as we treat our real lives – with a sense of security,” the Joint Managing Director and CEO of Quick Heal Technologies, Sanjay Katkar, speaks out.