Red alert for Indian cyberspace against viruses

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on Jul 26, 2017 02:48 PM IST

A few weeks back, Check Point researchers released a report stating that 28 per cent of organisations in various sectors have been affected by malvertising campaign that took place in June this year.

The research team also runs ThreatCloud Map, which is powered by Check Point’s ThreatCloud intelligence to detect the cyber threats happening globally. In that report, the company categorised the severity of threats and vulnerable countries in three colours; green, red and white.

Under the tri-coloured category, the firm marked India with red, which means high risk.

According to researchers, the malvertiser had fooled almost all major companies in various sectors by linking them to malicious websites and payloads including scams, adware and ransomware of 150 countries in late May.

Threat cloud intelligence has been monitoring the data and threats of global network through sensors. As a result, after analysing over 250 million addresses they found around 11 million malware signatures and 5.5 million infected websites. The researchers have marked India as a risky nation for cyber attacks.

RAILWAYS UNDER THREAT

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the ministry is working on cyber security improvisation in railway networks.

The flaw in India's largest transport network is with the usage of outdated operating systems, which are used for ticketing and data storage. Till today, computers in ticket counters of suburban, urban and even metropolitan areas run on outdated Windows operating systems. Usage of such outdated operating system with unpatched critical flaws may lead to cyber devastation in rail network.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO AVOID ATTACKS?

To begin the journey into safe cyber world:

* Update computers from old operating systems with patched new one.

* Avoid using cracked and illegal applications.

* Never instal third party applications from unknown or untrusted source.

* Use reliable and reputed anti-virus software.

* Importantly, have the habit of updating the patches and firmwares regularly.

* Be careful while giving permission to any app or programme.

* Also, be careful with links, PDF documents, attachments that you receive from various mediums including mail, WhatsApp, etc.