Cybercrime Changes Track to Mobile and Social Media in India
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Bangalore: Crime hasn’t left any stone unturned and this also applies to cybercrime. Cybercrime in the world is keeping up with the changing avenues available to commit fraud and con people in large number as per a recent Symantec Corporation’s Norton Cybercrime report 2012. In India there are 137 million Internet users, 7 out of 10 users use their mobile to surf the net. Moreover, the social media user base in India has grown from 38 million in 2011 to 60 million in 2012 making both mobile and social media prone to cybercrime, reported K Rajani Kanth for Business Standard.
Both of these fast growing portals have been consistently targeted by cybercriminals though advance means and the users are barely aware of the security risks involved. This highly transforming trend has impacted many individuals with loss of identities, data and finances, which are only the few among the many crimes committed online. As per the report in the past 12 months more than 42 million people have turned victims to cybercrime in India alone, which has led to an unbelievable $8 billion loss in direct finance.
David Hall, the Asia Pacific regional consumer product marketing manager of Norton by Symantec, said, “Many of us at Symantec and Norton have been putting our heads together to predict some of what we can expect to see in 2013. Of the predictions we have come up with, I want to draw your attention in particular to two –– the likelihood that cyber terrorism will get highly personal as attacks focus on individuals or minority groups and the possibility that new electronic payment methods could be vulnerable to hacks and breaches,” as reported by Business Standard.
The report informs that in the cyber world future, conflicts between nations, organizations and individuals will play a key role. Hall claims “In 2013, we will see the cyber equivalent of saber rattling, where nation states, organisations and even groups of individuals will use cyber attacks to show their strength and ‘send a message’. Additionally, we expect more targeted attacks on individuals and non-government organisations such as supporters of political issues and members of minority groups in conflict.”
Adding to this quagmire is the software madware, mobile adware which is capable of disrupting the user experience with pop up alerts, by adding icons and altering browser settings. It can also expose location details, device identifiers and contact information to cybercriminals. The software is primarily used by advertising network to promote targeted advertising through all the access the software provides. Madware usually sneaks into a user device while downloading an app, much without the user’s knowledge and gathers information which can be easily accessed by cybercriminals as there isn’t any full proof security installed on the device. Strong passwords are one of key solutions, informed the report.
On this note the report said, “In just the past nine months, the number of apps including the most aggressive forms of madware has increased by 210 percent. Because location and device information can be legitimately collected by advertising networks, it helps them target users with appropriate advertising and we expect increased use in madware as more companies seek to drive revenue growth through mobile ads. This includes a more aggressive and potentially malicious approach towards the monetisation of ‘free’ mobile apps,” reported Business Standard.
As predicted in the report that the hackers will go where the user and devise goes, and at present it is the mobile devices and the cloud. It also informs that without much ado in 2013 the majorly targeted platforms will be mobile and cloud services for crime and breaches. Confirming this is the swift rise of Android malware in 2012. While users add applications they will also let in malware into their devices. As informed by the report certain malware can duplicate old threats such as stealing information from the device.
As per the Report, 31 percent mobile users in India have received unwanted SMS text asking them to call the unknown number mentioned or click on the given link. To worsen the situation, most of the mobile Internet usage is being managed by unsecure mobile applications, thus increasing the risk in hand. The report adds that by 2013 it’s certain that mobile technology will continuously advance and in turn provide fresh opportunities for cybercriminals to commit more crimes mounting the crime list.
Original Post at SiliconIndia
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