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India among top 10 countries targeted for Web Application attacks: AKAMAI report

More than 20 million cyber attacks originated from India during the third quarter of 2017.

tech Updated: Nov 29, 2017 18:39 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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The report indicates an urgent need to beef up application and infrastructure security in the country.(iStockphoto)

India ranks seventh on the list of target nations for Web Application attacks globally in the third quarter of this year, a new report said on Wednesday.

When it comes to cyber attacks originating from a country, India saw a drop from the fifth spot in the second quarter to being seventh as the number of attacks also grew significantly -- more than 20 million attacks were sourced from the country -- said the “State of the Internet Q3 2017 Security Report” by content delivery network Akamai.

According to the World Bank, India has 10,350 secured servers which, when put against a user base of 462 million Internet users, is a clear indication of the need for better infrastructure to be able to support the data surge.

The report found that the number of web application attacks in Q3 2017 increased 69 per cent in total from the same time last year.

Over the last year, a 217% increase in attacks sourcing from the US was seen, with an increase of 48% in the last quarter as compared to the prior one.

Evaluation of the Mirai botnet and WireX malware attacks suggest that attackers may leverage Internet of Things (IoT) and Android devices to build future botnet armies, the report pointed out.

“The lure of easy access to poorly-secured end nodes and easily-available source code make it likely that Mirai-based attacks won’t be fading in the near future,” said Martin McKeay, Senior Security Advocate and Senior Editor of the report.

“Our experience suggests that an army of new potential attackers comes online every day. Couple with that, the ubiquity of Android software and the growth in the IOT segment are amplifying the risk/reward challenges that enterprises face to tremendous levels,” he added.

SQL injection (SQLi) attacks increased 625 since last year and 19% since last quarter, the report said.

First Published: Nov 29, 2017 18:39 IST