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India is Spammer's nation: Ranked 10th in Global Survey!

PrintThe report supplements the global Kaspersky Security Bulletin and supplements global statistics and threats overview with local data for specific country. Both reports are based on data obtained and processed using the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN). KSN integrates cloud-based technologies into personal and corporate products and is one of Kaspersky Lab’s most important technologies.

Web Threats:

Attacks via browsers are the primary method for spreading malicious programs. The following methods were used most often by cybercriminals to penetrate systems:

Exploiting vulnerabilities in browsers and their plugins (drive-by download).

Infection in this type of attack takes place when visiting an infected website, without any intervention from the user and without their knowledge. And this is the number one method utilized by cybercriminals, the one used in the majority of attacks. Protection against such attacks requires an Internet Security class solution capable of detecting threats as they are being downloaded from the Internet and the timely installation of all the latest updates for the browser and its plugins. Another key technology, developed by Kaspersky Lab, is Automatic Exploit Prevention, designed specifically to fight complex web threats, exploiting newly discovered vulnerabilities in software.

Social Engineering

These attacks require user participation, with the user having to download the malicious file to their computer. This happens when the cybercriminal tricks the victim into believing they are downloading a legitimate program.

Protection against such attacks requires a web antivirus solution capable of detecting threats as they are being downloaded from the Internet.

  • In the period April-June 2013   Kaspersky Lab products detected  19,938,954  Internet-borne malware incidents on the computers of  KSN participants in India.  
  • Overall, 35.6{af589cdba9d77786c8c861317dbad60bba1e2ebbf56e2ffab874a1b59fde9ce3}  of users were attacked by web-borne threats during this period.
  • This places  India  in the 15th place worldwide when it comes to the dangers associated with surfing the web.

Local threats

The use of local infection statistics for user computers is an extremely important indicator. Worms and file viruses account for the majority of such incidents. This data shows how frequently users are attacked by malware spread via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other “offline” methods.

Protection against such attacks not only requires an antivirus solution capable of treating infected objects but also a firewall, anti-rootkit functionality and control over removable devices.

  • In the period   April-June 2013  Kaspersky Lab products detected 53,974,712  local malware incidents on the computers of KSN participants in India.
  • Overall, 49.6{af589cdba9d77786c8c861317dbad60bba1e2ebbf56e2ffab874a1b59fde9ce3} of users in this country were attacked by local threats during this period.
  • This puts India  in the  10th  place worldwide.

Malicious hosts

When a Kaspersky Lab customer is attacked by an online threat, we record the source of this threat – the location of the malicious objects that tried to infect the system.

  • The share of malicious incidents caused by malware hosted in India was 0.10{af589cdba9d77786c8c861317dbad60bba1e2ebbf56e2ffab874a1b59fde9ce3} – that is 543,946 incidents in the period April-June 2013.
  • This puts India in 39th place worldwide

Spam Sources

A separate Kaspersky Lab’s services identifies spam messages in global e-mail traffic and tracks their source.

  • The share of spam sent via computers and servers based in India was 2.52{af589cdba9d77786c8c861317dbad60bba1e2ebbf56e2ffab874a1b59fde9ce3} in April – June 2013.
  • This puts India in the 10th place worldwide.
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