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Online Malware Rampant in City

BANGALORE : Bangalore stands second in the list of cities most affected by online malware, according to a report by internet security firm F-Secure.

Chandigarh takes the top spot while Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi make the rest of the top five.

Old viruses like Trojan.lnk and Conficker (Downadup) remain the biggest threats. The situation has been worsened with the end of support for Windows XP this year. “India is also a centre for botnets, with viruses like Ramnit and Sality rampant. Botnets are mainly used for distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks,” the report says.

When it comes to mobile malware, a rising threat, India stands fourth in the world, with New Delhi leading in the country. F-Secure had earlier raised concerns about Xiaomi phones sending user data to remote servers.

The matter is being investigated by Taiwanese authorities, who may soon ban Mi phones.

The F-Secure report says Tier-2 cities are the new targets of mobile malware in India. With the sale of smartphones in Tier-2 cities on the rise, more people are exposed to operating system threats as awareness is low. In the first half of the year, some Android apps found on Google’s Play Store were exposed as scams.

One example is Virus Shield, a popular app which Google had to eventually pull and refund buyers after it was revealed to one of the scams.

Article source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/Online-Malware-Rampant-in-City/2014/09/29/article2454525.ece

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