India Among Top 5 Countries Attacked by Ransomware
India Among Top 5 Countries Attacked by Ransomware

As we all know, Ransomware Malware revolutions have been developing continuously in India over the past few years and now India is among top five countries in the world infected by Ransomware malware.

India Among Top 5 Countries Attacked by Ransomware: Kaspersky

For those, who doesn’t know what Ransomware Malware. It is a type of malicious software that is specially designed to block access to a computer system until an amount of money is paid to the attacker and these are of many kinds.

Vitaly Kamluk who is the head of APAC Global Research and analysis team, Kaspersky Lab reported that India is among the top five countries that are infected by Ransomware Malware.

Statistics states that India Takes the first position in the list of countries that were commonly attacked by Teslacrypt Ransomware in the period of March to May 2016, and ranked fourth in the list of countries that were attacked by Locky Ransomware in the same period of time.

Kumuk also mentioned the number of a victim, he stated that around 11,674 users from India were attacked by TeslaCrypt ransomware whereas on the other hand 564 users were attacked by Locky ransomware during the period of March to May 2016.

Karnataka from India was the most affected state, which is covering around (36.58%) following Karnataka, Tamilnadu was the second state covering around (16.72%) Maharashtra (10.86%), Delhi (10.00%), West Bengal (6.70%), Uttar Pradesh (5.33%), Telangana (4.54%), Kerala (3.87%), Gujarat (2.35%) and the very last Haryana covering around (1.96%)

When asked about types of Ransomware that are scattering in the internet, Kumluk said “there are majorly five types of ransomware that are making the rounds on the internet today- encryption ransomware, master boot record (MBR) ransomware, screen locker, ransomware encrypting web servers and mobile device ransomware, which is majorly affecting Android devices”

Kumluk also Said most of the infections are caused due to infected websites, malvertising (malicious advertising), transfer of affected file via e-mail – such as documents or multimedia files or instant message and social networks.

When Kamluk was asked about whether to pay or not to pay to get data back? Kamluk said, “an attacked user should not pay the ransom as there is no guarantee that the attacker will release a key to you”. He also advised users to have proper backups and should only use reliable antivirus to avoid this type of attacks.