With the rise in the number of mobile internet users in India, malware attacks on smartphones’ operating systems have increased and mobile applications through which people hack into phones to access personal data show the same trend, a study has found. The report “Going Cashless and Digital: Top Cyber Threats and Targets for 2017” released by BD Software, country partner of Bitdefender — cyber security solutions provider — highlights major trends in the cyber threat landscape in India in 2017. Also Read - Beware! Chinese hackers targeting State Bank of India (SBI) users with phishing scams, moreAlso Read - FIR filed against Twitter India again, now over child pornography content
“Marked with high-profile breaches and the feel of excitement and uncertainty over the country’s move towards digitising all spheres of life and economy, the outgoing 2016 sets high expectations of more advanced, more complicated and possibly more devastating security breaches in the coming year,” said Ajay Khubchandani, IT Security Expert, BD Software, in a statement. Also Read - Mi Notebook Pro X to be Xiaomi's most expensive laptop yet, launch tomorrow
According to the report, cashless transactions through ATMs, Point of Sale terminals, online banking websites and others are also potential targets of the cyber criminals. The report noted that personal data is likely to draw the attention of cybercriminals in the coming year. “As India is becoming more and more digital, the personal data of all sorts, from biometrics and family records to bank accounts and social media accounts is in danger,” the report added. ALSO READ: 50 hacking-related cases in one month post-demonetization: TAC Security
Researchers predicted that connected devices or Internet of Things (IoT) is another target for cyber attacks. In governments, government agencies and state-affiliated organisations, the scale of data breaches is going to increase further with cross-border tensions continuing in many regions of the world, the report warned.