Indian IT sites on phishers’ radar

Indian IT sites were prime targets when it came to phishing attacks in 2012, according to the latest Symantec Intelligence Report. The report states that the global phishing rate is one in 466.3 emails (0.214 per cent), and that the number of phishing URLs associated with Indian brands accounted for 0.15 per cent of the global phishing statistics.

While education was at the top of the most targeted websites in 2011, it fell to second place in 2012, the report said. States where phishing sites spoofing education websites was most prevalent were Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab as well as Delhi.

The report states: “Phishers continue to pursue Indian sites across many disciplines to host their phishing pages.” The most targeted Indian sites across categories were information technology (14.40 per cent), education (11.9 per cent), product sales and services (9.8 per cent), industrial and manufacturing (7.3 per cent), and tourism, travels and transport (5.8 per cent). Interestingly, the figures for secure websites such as government-hosted sites, telecom and Internet service provider portals were low.

New social tool launched

Americos Technologies, an IT services company, launched ‘Hammer’, a platform for “sharing ideas and generating opinion instantly”. This community will assist users in getting and giving opinions and connect them with people having similar interests, to exchange ideas, opinions, and even news, a release from the company stated.

Gaurav Khanna, joint managing director, Americos Technologies, said users can customise details and add a photo for their portrait as well. “We are elated to offer a platform which enables global and instant opinions from real people. This web- and mobile-based application sets a new landmark in collaborative interaction and boosts user’s online social network like never before.”

Juniper’s new programmable switches

Networking major Juniper Networks unveiled three new products designed to boost business agility and simplify network management, an increasing challenge in the face of a spike in mobile users, BYOD (bring-your-own-device) in offices, and new enterprise application deployments.

Juniper introduces a new agile, “programmable” network that allows network operators to respond to business changes and monitor and react to how the network meets application service-level agreement (SLA) requirements in a matter of seconds, not days or weeks, a release from the company stated. The release explains that while the new Juniper Networks EX9200 Programmable Switch enables accelerated response to changing business needs, the Juniper Networks JunosV Wireless LAN Controller will deliver high levels of reliability and flexibility across the enterprise to lower capital expense. The Junos® Space Network Director provides a single-pane-of-glass network management solution for wired and wireless LANs and data centres.