Indians Are The 3rd Largest Group of Phishing Victims In The World [Report]

India is among the top 3 countries facing increasing phishing attacks. Most of the phishing victims in the 2012-2013 period were Internet users living in Russia, the US, India and Germany according to a recent report.

Phishing is a type of cyber attack of malicious nature, using which cyber criminals dupe netizens into revealing personal and financial informations, which can be later used to gain access to secure data or transactions belonging to the duped user.

Phishing in India. Source: Kaspersky
Phishing in India. Source: Kaspersky

The top 10 countries,facing increasing phishing attacks, accounts for 64.05% of all phishing attack victims within the 2012-2013 period, the report by Russian Security Company, Kaspersky said.

Here are some key insights from the report:

  • Yahoo!, Google, Facebook and Amazon are top targets of malicious users. Overall 30% of all identified phishing links lead to pages mentioning these internet giants.

  • Online game services, online payment systems, and the websites of banks and other credit and financial organizations are also common targets.

  • Phishing attacks were found to be most frequently launched from the US, the UK, Germany, Russia and India.

  • The number of distinct sources of phishing attacks in 2012-2013 rose 3.3 times.

  • Most of the servers hosting phishing websites were located in the US, the UK, Germany, Russia, India, Canada, France, Australia, Ukraine, and Italy.

  • Phisher targets are different from country to country, depending on the popularity of local online resources, this trend seems to show a pattern of victim profiling based on geography.

  • With nearly 10,000 attacks launched at victims in India every day making it the biggest victim to this cybercrime after Russia and US.

  • There was a 2.2 times rise in phishing victims in India, where the number rose from 1.62 million to 3.7 million in this period.

  • The number of attack sources in India also fell by 0.92 points down to 4.77% in this period.

Meanwhile, India has been setting up an elaborate cyber security network to safeguard itself and its netizens from threats of the cyberspace. Currently India cyber defense is one of the smallest in  size when compared to the number of netizens it has.

The government will soon be announcing its National Cyber Security Policy to deal with such problems. The new plan, according to a report, will involve multiple agencies  that specialise in various aspects of cyber security.

For better or for worse the Indian cyber space  is set to change, with India going on a cyber security and snooping network overdrive.

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