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‘Indian defence cos new target of cyber criminals’

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 21:10

New Delhi: Indian defence companies are
increasingly becoming target of cyber criminals as they are
vulnerable to breaches of cyber security, according to a
report by Trend Micro.

The attacks by criminals in the cyber space are aimed to
infect the e-mail addresses as well as the systems.
The report said that cyber criminals send out emails with
PDF attachments to companies. Once infected it is very
difficult to remove the malicious content from the systems or
to detect on what amount of data is being used under such

It further said that attack is being done on the Indian
defence firms from the past few weeks and was started in the
month of July this year.

Apart from India, defence firms in the USA, Japan, Israel
have also fallen victim to criminals operating in cyber space.

According to an estimate, cyber crime is an underground
economy that is estimated at over USD 100 billion (annually)

"In total, the attackers compromised 32 computers;
however, there were multiple compromises at several locations.
This network has been active since July, 2011 and is
continuing to send out malicious documents in an attempt to
compromise additional targets.
"While this network has managed to compromise a
relatively small number of victims, there is a high
concentration of defence industry companies among the victims.
Moreover, the fact that specific malware components are
created for specific victims indicates a level of
intentionality among the attackers," Trend Micro Country
Manager India and SAARC Amit Nath said.

Trend Micro is a global leader in network anti-virus and
internet content security software and services.


First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 21:10

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