Kaspersky Study Reveals Alarming Rate of Cyber Threats Targeting Indian Users in Q1 2024

Kaspersky Study Reveals Alarming Rate of Cyber Threats Targeting Indian Users in Q1 2024

Data from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) reveals that cyberattack via browsers and social engineering remain the most prevalent form of web threat in the first quarter of 2024. Malware continues to be a major cyber threat. Over 20% users in India have fallen victim to local threats during the same period.

Indian users have continued to face major number of cyber threats and encounter cyber attacks at multiple levels in the first quarter of 2024 through January to March. In the quarterly data released by global security company Kaspersky, 22.9% of web users in the country were attacked by web-borne threats, while 20.1% users were vulnerable to local threats during the same period.

In terms of web threats, it was seen that the cyber criminals exploited the vulnerabilities in the browsers and their plugins. The user systems were corrupted when they visited infected websites. These attacks happened without the knowledge of the user. File-less malware is being seen as most dangerous web threat this quarter since it does not leave any trace for static analysis of the attack. Social engineering like phishing, baiting, pretexting remained a prevalent mode of cyberattack on Indian users.

Kaspersky Study Reveals Alarming Rate of Cyber Threats Targeting Indian Users in Q1 2024
Kaspersky Named Official Cybersecurity Partner of Mumbai Indians for 2024

According to the KSN report, Kaspersky web security solutions blocked 12,454,797 different Internet-borne cyberthreats during the period January-March 2024.  In the same period, Kaspersky products detected and blocked 16,751,049 local incidents on the computers. These statistics are produced by Kaspersky security solutions scans of files on the hard drive at the exact moment they were created or accessed, as well as the results of scanning removable storage media.

โ€œMalware remains a major threat to the users in India. Targeted malware attacks continue to be a major source of worry for organisations and users alike. Stealth threats and the exploitation of user vulnerabilities are seen to plague the systems of the users in India. To beat this our products apply behaviour detection components to find and fight malicious activities. Another key technology that we often use is exploit prevention that blocks malwareโ€™s attack attempts in real time. These solutions help Indian users combat cyberattacks,โ€ says Purshottam Bhatia, Head of Sales, Consumer Solutions, South Asia, Kaspersky.

To increase awareness about the importance of cyber security among the Indian users and strengthen brand engagement, Kaspersky has partnered with the IPL cricket team Mumbai Indians (MI) as their Official Cyber Security Partner for IPL 2024. This exclusive partnership is enabling Kaspersky to connect with consumers and spread awareness around cybersecurity with a focus on Performance, Control and Protection in user systems. The company is offering interesting product incentives and promotional discounts.

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