Cyber Threat Report of 2019: 69% of Firms Face Serious Cyber Attacks in India!
Do you know that India is in has been ranked in the second position amongst the countries affected by cyber attacks between 2016-2018? According to a source, there was a 22% rise in a cyber attack in India on IoT deployments. India has faced the most number of attacks in the IoT department this year. In fact, India has been consecutively facing cyber attacks, for the second time in a row!
In a recent study, it was revealed that out of 15 Indian cities, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bengaluru have faced the maximum number of cyber attacks. In the Annual Cyber Security Report by CISCO, 53% of cyber attacks caused more than $500K of financial loss to organizations in 2018.
India has faced a rise of 7.9% in data breaches since 2017. Also, the average cost per data breach record is mounting to INR 4,552 ($64). Cyber attacks in India have risen up to such an extent that our country ranks fourth out of the top 10 targeted countries in the world. In a report by India Today, Chennai experienced the highest percentile of cyber attacks with a stat of 48% in the first quarter of 2019.
No survey or warning has brought any change in the cyber security policies of companies across the nation. In spite of witnessing several cyber attacks in India, people are still not aware of lucrative cyber security solutions to prevent their organization from any other attack. Here are some recent series of cyber attacks that massively brought losses to renowned companies in India.
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The 2019’s Biggest Cyber Attacks in India
Cybercriminals have adopted advanced cyber attack techniques for their targeted end-users. Various business sectors and geographical locations have faced recent cyber attacks in India.
Cosmos Bank Cyber Attack in Pune
A recent cyber attack in India in 2018 was deployed on Cosmos Bank in Pune. This daring attack shook the whole banking sector of India when hackers siphoned off Rs. 94.42 crores from Cosmos Cooperative Bank Ltd. in Pune.
Hackers hacked into the bank’s ATM server and took details of many visas and rupee debit cardholders. Money was wiped off while hacker gangs from around 28 countries immediately withdrew the amount as soon as they were informed.
ATM System Hacked
Around mid-2018, Canara bank ATM servers were targeted in a cyber attack. Almost 20 lakh rupees were wiped off from various bank accounts. A count of 50 victims was estimated and according to the sources, cyber attackers held ATM details of more than 300 users. Hackers used skimming devices to steal information from debit cardholders. Transactions made from stolen details amounted to Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 40,000.
UIDAI Aadhaar Software Hacked
2018 started with a massive data breach of personal records of 1.1 Billion Indian Aadhaar cardholders. UIDAI revealed that around 210 Indian Government websites had leaked the Aadhaar details of people online.
Data leaked included Aadhaar, PAN and mobile numbers, bank account numbers, IFSC codes, and mostly every personal information of all individual cardholders. If it wasn’t enough shocking, anonymous sellers were selling the Aadhaar information of any person for Rs. 500 over Whatsapp. Also, one could get any person’s Aadhaar car printout by paying an extra amount of Rs.300.
Hack Attack on Indian Healthcare Websites
Indian-based healthcare websites became a victim of cyber attacks recently in 2019. As stated by US-based cyber security firms, hackers broke in and invaded a leading India-based healthcare website. The hacker stole 68 lakh records of patients as well as doctors.
SIM Swap Scam
Two hackers from Navi Mumbai were arrested for transferring 4 crore rupees from numerous bank accounts in August 2018. They illegally transferred money from the bank accounts of many individuals. By fraudulently gaining SIM card information, both attackers blocked individuals’ SIM cards and with the help of fake document posts, they carried out transactions via online banking. They also tried to hack the accounts of various targeted companies.
Aforesaid stats and events of the latest cyber attacks in India are a wake-up call for all those individuals and companies who are still vulnerable to cyber threats. It is very essential for organizations to implement cyber security measures and follow the below-mentioned security guidelines.
Cyber Security Measures for Organizations to Prevent Cyber Attacks
- Educate employees on emerging cyber attacks with security awareness training.
- Keep all software and systems updated from time to time with the latest security patches.
- Implement email authentication protocols such as DMARC, DKIM, and SPF to secure your email domain from email-based cyber attacks.
- Get regular Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing to patch and remove the existing vulnerabilities in the network and web application.
- Limit employee access to sensitive data or confidential information and limit their authority to install the software.
- Use highly strong passwords for accounts and make sure to update them at long intervals.
- Avoid the practice of open password sharing at work.