New Delhi, New York, Atlanta, London, and Kyiv saw the most number of cyber attacks in 2019, according to a report by Bengaluru headquartered telecom analytics solutions provider Subex.
Common IoT (internet of things) devices and critical infrastructure have emerged as top targets for criminals, according to the cybersecurity threat landscape report 2019. Other areas of concern include the use of complex malware and sophisticated tools that have increased the reconnaissance capabilities of hackers
Subex used data from threat intelligence gathered from its global honeypot network, which is operational in 62 cities.
According to the study, India accounted for as much as 3% of all new malware detected. It also registered the presence of many variants of common malware such as Mirai.
India also registered a 34 % increase in inbound cyber attacks over 2018. The study found a significant increase in outbound attacks from China targeting India.
Globally, ransomware emerged as the most common category of malware detected. The expansion of bot networks into new geographies has also contributed to the growth in cyberattacks across the world.
North America, South Asia, and the Middle East saw an increase in the number of cyberattacks, with surveillance cameras being the most attacked category in devices.
“Our continuing efforts to monitor the global threat environment and the results it has yielded has led us to believe that hackers, malware developers and other entities are ramping up their efforts to monitor, break into, steal data from and disrupt the operations of a range of businesses and institutions,” Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Subex, said.
Founded in 1992, Subex, formerly known as Subex Azure, provides consultancy and support services to telecom carriers. Its products include telecom software products, revenue assurance, fraud management, credit risk management, and cost management, among others.
In August, a report by Subex had revealed that attacks on the internet of things (IoT) devices rose 22% in just one quarter, with many IoT projects being targeted in the beginning stages.