Cloud hacking: India now 2nd most attacked nation

With the shift to a more flexible pandemic workforce, cyber criminals have introduced new and updated threats and tactics in campaigns targeting prominent sectors, such as government, financial services and entertainment.

1. India now ranks second only to the US in most security threats on Cloud, followed by Australia, Canada and Brazil.

2. India saw a 64% increase in publicly reported cyber incidents.

3. The government was the most targeted sector in Q2 of 2021 followed by followed by telecom, energy, and media and communications.

4. Financial services were targeted the most among the reported cloud incidents, followed by healthcare, manufacturing, retail and professional services.

5. Malware was the technique used most often in reported incidents.

“Ransomware has evolved far beyond its origins, and cybercriminals have become smarter and quicker to pivot their tactics alongside a whole host of new bad-actor schemes,” said Raj Samani, McAfee Enterprise fellow and chief scientist.

“In the second quarter of 2021, we continued to see the challenges of shifting cloud security to accommodate a more flexible pandemic workforce and an increased workload, which presented cybercriminals with more potential exploits and targets,” the report mentioned.