New Delhi top malicious city in 2014: Report

NEW DELHI: New Delhi was the most malware infected city in 2014, says ‘The state of Internet in India’ report by online security firm F-Secure.

The report said that the top malware infection in India is still Botnet related. Hackers own PCs and use them for spamming, DDOS (Type of Denial of Service (DoS) attack) or other malicious activity to make substantial money.

Sality, Ramnit, Trogan.LNK.Gen, Trogan.Script and Virtob are the top five malicious family detections; and Delhi (20%), Hyderabad (9%), Chennai (9%) and Chandigarh (7%) were the top malicious cities in 2014.

On the mobile front, Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Chennai and Gurgaon were the top mobile infected cities in the country.

Banking related malware has been consistently topping the chart in India. The ‘Ramnit’ malware steals bank user names and passwords and it mostly spreads through USB removable drives.

However, the report said that there was a decline in Downadup/Conficker infection over the past three years in India.

The mobile malwares are capable of collecting API key, Application ID, Carrier, Device manufacturer, Device model, GPS location, International Mobile, Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, network operator, package name and SDK version from any device.

Pekka Usva, VP, Corporate Security, F-Secure , said, “Malware trends and the state of mobile threat landscape places cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Chennai straight as the focal point of the attackers. Despite the decline of Downadup/Conficker, infections like Sality, Ramnit and Virtob have continue to mark their presence in the Indian threat landscape over the period of last three years.”


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