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India follows global trends in taking on cyber attacks

The number of cyber attacks in the country stood at nearly 50,000 during the first five months of 2015, with most of these attacks on computer networks of Indian organisations originating from countries such as the U.S., Pakistan, China and Bangladesh, Parliament was informed on Friday.

“The trend in increase in cyber attacks is similar to that worldwide. A total number of 22,060, 71,780, 1,30,338, and 49,504 cyber security incidents, including phishing, scanning, spam, malicious code and website intrusion, were reported to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) during the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (up to May), respectively,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

Mr. Prasad said attackers are compromising computer systems in different parts of the world and use masquerading techniques and hidden servers to hide the identity of the systems from which the attacks are launched.

“In such cases, CERT-In notifies the organisation concerned regarding the cyber attacks and requests for logs of network devices, servers and other related components for analysing the attacks and identifying sources of attack,” he said.

Analysis of attack methodology is done based on available log provided by the organisations.

“According to the logs as analysed and made available to CERT-In, the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the computers from where the attacks originated belong to the countries, including the U.S., Europe, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Brazil, Turkey, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and the UAE,” the Minister said.

The Minister said a total of 27,605 and 28,481 websites were hacked during the year 2012 and 2013, respectively. In the year 2014 and 2015 (up to May), the number was 32,323 and 9,057, respectively.

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