Google says India 6th most attacked country by ransomware

A Google report recently analysed more than 80 million ransomware samples submitted over the last year and a half. The report has revealed that India is at the 6th place in the list of 140 countries most affected by ransomware.

Hackers aren’t only demanding money today but also threatening to reveal sensitive or valuable information if companies don’t pay up or if they contact law enforcement authorities.

Attackers are using a range of approaches, including well-known botnet malware and other Remote Access Trojans (RATs) as vehicles to deliver their ransomware.

10 most affected countries based on the number of submissions to VirusTotal:

  1. Israel
  2. South Korea
  3. Vietnam
  4. China
  5. Singapore
  6. India
  7. Kazakhstan
  8. Philippines
  9. Iran
  10. UK

“The report is designed to help researchers, security practitioners and the general public understand the nature of ransomware and enabling cyber professionals to better analyse suspicious files, URLs, domains and IP addresses,” said Google acquired VirusTotal in its first ‘Ransomware Activity Report’.

There has been a 25% increase in demand for talent in cyberspace on an annualised basis since the pandemic broke. Industry experts say there’s a war for talent in this segment and, according to TeamLease Services, India is expected to have over 1.5 million unfulfilled job vacancies in cybersecurity by 2025.

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