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India among top 7 countries at high ransomware risk: SophosLabs

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    http://indianexpress.com/article/te...countries-at-high-ransomware-risk-sophoslabs/


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    India is among the top seven countries for ransomware circulation as cyber attacks on not just Windows but on Android, Linux and MacOS systems have significantly increased this year globally, a new report has warned. According to “SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast” by global network and endpoint security leader Sophos on Saturday, two types of Android attack methods are emerging — locking the phone without encrypting data and locking the phone while encrypting the data.

    “Ransomware has become platform-agnostic. Ransomware mostly targets Windows computers, but this year, SophosLabs saw an increased amount of crypto attacks on different devices and operating systems used by our customers worldwide,” said Dorka Palotay, SophosLabs Security Researcher, in a statement on Saturday.

    WannaCrypt, unleashed in May 2017, was the top ransomware intercepted from customer computers, dethroning the long-time ransomware leader Cerber, which first appeared in early 2016. WannaCrypt accounted for 45.3 per cent of all ransomware tracked through SophosLabs with Cerber accounting for 44.2 per cent.

    “For the first time we saw ransomware with worm-like characteristics, which contributed to the rapid expansion of WannaCrypt. This ransomware took advantage of a known Windows vulnerability to infect and spread to computers, making it hard to control,” added Palotay. Android ransomware is also attracting cyber criminals.

    According to SophosLabs analysis, the number of attacks on Sophos customers using Android devices increased almost every month in 2017. One reason they believe ransomware on Android is taking off is because it’s an easy way for cyber criminals to make money instead of stealing contacts and SMS, popping ups ads or bank phishing which requires sophisticated hacking techniques.

    “It’s important to note that Android ransomware is mainly discovered in non-Google Play markets – another reason for users to be very cautious about where and what kinds of apps they download,” the researchers noted. Sophos recommends backing up phones on a regular schedule, similar to a computer, to preserve data and avoid paying ransom just to regain access.
     
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    All hackers are not intrinsically, innately & inherently bad — the word hacker does not mean a criminal or atrocious guy. It depends only on his/her hat color that he or she represents. For example, a black hat hacker is known to be a dreadful guy - someone that indulges himself or herself only towards the malicious, illicit & illegal activities to cause carnage.

    White hat on the other hand is someone who is 100% opposite to a black hat guy in terms of the Cyber activities involved. These are generally known as ethical hackers. Many such are employed in Fortune 500 MNCs gainfully where they test the vulnerability of a particular and potential software application flaws.

    From the early 70s, it was crude oil which was also known as a black gold. Not anymore, crude oil has been replaced with data since last few years as a gold coin as the CEO of Daimler Benz said last year in his wonderful lecture.

    The future wars wont be fought using weapons, they will be fought with data - a country which develops an ultimate kill switch can dictate terms and force its adversary to find a middle ground in order to be safe. A country which can remotely cause direct and instant harm to the adversary's Cyber nerves and paralyse it would have won the war or achieved the desired goal coercively.

    And if the question be asked that which nation possesses such Cyber weapon or has the prowess to develop such deadly viruses or Trojan horses?

    Its unmistakably the US and Russia, with China fast catching up both at furious pace - break neck speed. And this is while the sucker India is busy buying Rafales & EMALS types, while (practically) doing nothing in the electronic warfare world.

    To sync with this, you need to watch Madam Secretary - a popular political TV drama (produced by CBS) to this effect. Or more than anybody else - moron Modi should watch these convincing episodes to learn some.

    As the rivalry between the China and India has become (dangerously) pragmatic, the way we realized what transpired during the Doklam standoff, down the road, it would be China which would come out as a clear cut winner and not India - should there be any Doklam II. Simply because the China would maintain the upper hand in electronic warfare vis-a-vis poor and lackluster India.

    Finally, I pity India - country of my birth (Gujarat), which is being laid waste due to wrong political leadership, deceitful politicians with dangerous agenda spearheaded by deceptive and Machiavellian PM Modi, whose only goal is to win elections and rule India perpetually - social progress may go to hell.

    Such rapacious and predatory PM, with abhorrent agenda, does not auger well for a largest democratic country like India. Modi is subtle & sly democratic dictator, away from Hitler's notoriety, kind of wolf in sheep's clothing, one who always wants to maintain the last word on anything (to be done) in India.

    Trust me, such country can only have a short term development, cause there is no room for further progress, barring few who voted for this repulsive and hideous man = Modi. Nearly 2/3rd or sixty nine % Indians did not vote this man in. This man represents only Hindi belt and cow belt, nothing else.

    India has no gold deposits, no crude oil, few numbers of PHDs per capita, very few research papers of commercial value, no critical technology. Just imagine this; IBM has more (technical) patents of commercial value than entire India. Intellectual property, India draws a blank. International Brand value, India is absent among (many) top nations. Sweden has the most MNCs per capita, while a big country as India which touts itself as the 4th largest economy in the world has very few such MNCs relatively.

    What is India/Modi boasting of is beyond me. Particularly when India owes nearly half a trillion to IMF/WB/ADB and to the rest. And mind you, this is only overseas loans, the hefty loans remain home, when all of these are combined, they comprise of 65% of India's GDP against which India doles out 25% towards its debt servicing from its national budget, which is less than Samsung's revenue = 275 billion (CIA fact book).