A Kaspersky DDoS Prevention report said that in the Q1 of 2021, the DDoS attack witnessed a drop of 29 % when compared to Q1 of 2020. However, a 47 % increase is seen in the Q4 of 2020. The growth is due to the abnormal spike in Jan which accounted for 43 % of the total number of attacks in the three months, the rest of the two months remained normal. The report painted the overall DDoS situation as stable.
A Kaspersky report shed light on the fact that 67% of Indians think it is okay to delay software updates. 41% of users postpone their updates for popular reasons — being busy at work (32%), not wanting to stop using their device (22%) while 24% do not wish to close the apps in use. The report warned users that delaying updates only gives more time to hackers to access their devices. Kaspersky said that updates were like immunity boosts given to devices.
Kaspersky said that 45 % of online users in India were attacked by local threats in 2020. Last year, it detected and blocked over 13 cr internet-borne threats, affecting 35% of the Indian internet users. Kaspersky’s detected and blocked over 20 cr local threats on the consumer devices between Jan-Dec 2020. “The threat landscape in India and APAC region are becoming more sophisticated and targeted in nature,” said Saurabh Sharma, Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky.
Investigators at Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky had said the “backdoor” used to compromise up to 18,000 customers of US software maker SolarWinds resembled malware tied to a hacking group known as “Turla,” which operates on behalf of Russia’s FSB security service. Moscow had repeatedly denied the allegations. Experts mentioned three similarities between the SolarWinds backdoor and a hacking tool called “Kazuar” used by Turla made it likely Russian in origin.
A Kaspersky report said that SMBs and enterprises that decide to voluntarily inform stakeholders and the public about a data breach, on an average, are likely to lose 40% and 28% less than, respectively, from their peers that saw the incident leaked to the media. Cost of damage suffered from a data breach to SMBs can come down to $93k if disclosed to stakeholders from $155k, if leaked to media. Similarly, for enterprises, it is $1.134 mn compared to $1.583 mn.
Cyber-fraud incidents may go up in 2021 as more and more users are getting access to the Internet and entering the digital payments ecosystem, warned Kaspersky. The researchers also said that lockdown has forced many micro small and medium-sized enterprises to go digital. These MSMEs will have to take robust cybersecurity measures to protect customer’s personal information. Any loopholes may provide attackers with an opportunity to go after them.
Cybersecurity agency Kaspersky detected 120 suspicious websites mentioning ‘PlayStation’ in their scams and phishing campaigns. Cyberscam around gaming console increased as Microsoft and Sony launched Xbox X and PS5, respectively this month and together they found mention in half of the malicious activities. PS holds 96% of gaming consoles in India, enabling cybercriminals to use its popularity to luring people to steal private and monetary data.
Kaspersky has discovered new banking malware called Ghimob, which can spy and steal data from 153 Android apps including banking. The malware, using names like Google Docs, WhatsApp Updater, Google Defender, can be hidden inside malicious apps available on third-party app downloads or shared via email. Users in Brazil are the most targeted followed by India, China, US. It blocks the user from uninstalling it, restarting or shutting down the device.
Cybersecurity investments continues to grow YoY, even though the overall IT budget has fallen from $1.2m in 2019 to $1.1m in 2020 among SMBs, and from $74.1m to $54.3m for firms, as per Kaspersky’s report. SMBs allocated $275,000 to cybersecurity while enterprises allocated $14m. Majority of firms expect these figures to grow in the next 3 years, by 11% in enterprises and 12% in SMBs. However, one in 10 firms said they’re going to reduce spend on IT security.