In the last five years, the number of cyber attacks the Indian cyber space has icreased largely. Cyber security experts found that most of these attacks were made from china.
According to the combined report from Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (ISAC), the number of Indian Web sites hacked in 2006 was 5,211, but it increased to 17,306 in 2011.
The recent ‘Travent’ attack is an example for the Chinese attack. In this attack, they sent phishing mails to individuals with documents as attachments and these documents are known threats as they install 'Travent' malware into the device.
Once this malware is installed, it starts uploading all documents such as pdf, ppt, doc etc to remote servers. “It’s interesting to note that the domain was recently registered, is locked and expires in 2014. Guangdong province from China seems to pop up everywhere," said Rajshekhar Murthy, Director, CERT-ISAC.
According to the report, the hackers used the same server; 21 domains were hosted in a server and all of them are active. The experts say that the number of attacks from the neighbouring country will increase with the occasion of Independence day.
According to Symantec, a cyber security firm, there are about 42 million cyber crimes in the Indian space every year. However, India has already taken adequate steps to control such attacks, experts say.
“We have the IT Act, Cyber law and now with Cyber Security Policy in place, steps will be taken up for dealing with such issues,” said MS Vijayragahavan, advisor to the National Technical Research Organisation.
The Government of India is investing Rs 300 crore on cyber security initiatives that include a project of building an army of cyber warriors.
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