India witnesses over 1L cyber threats a day from July-Sept 2022: Norton

"Cybercriminals have become experts at catching one-time codes used in most two-factor authentication and they know that by undermining the systems that send the codes, their efforts are even more effective," said Jeff Nathan, technical director and researcher, NortonLifeLock.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  21 Oct 2022 2:30 AM GMT
India witnesses over 1L cyber threats a day from July-Sept 2022: Norton

Hyderabad: Digital security provider Norton blocked around 47,01,209 cyber threats in India from July to September 2022, which is around 1,56,706.97 threats per day. This included 27,912 phishing attempts, 5,68,133 file threats, 40,204 mobile threats, 9,842 ransomware attacks, and 790 tech support blocks.

In its research, Norton Labs analysed recent attacks on top companies that were compromised through stolen login credentials. While these campaigns aimed to steal information that could later be monetised against victims, the goal was to undermine the trusted technologies used to send automated emails, authentication codes, and an entire company's single sign-on.

"Cybercriminals have become experts at catching one-time codes used in most two-factor authentication and they know that by undermining the systems that send the codes, their efforts are even more effective," said Jeff Nathan, technical director and researcher, NortonLifeLock.

Is the price too good to be true?

Cybercriminals are also turning to e-shops offering electronics, jewellery, clothes, and everything-in-between to lure victims. These sites often seem legitimate with polished storefronts, positive reviews, ties to social media accounts, and more. However, once you place an order, you may receive a counterfeit item or nothing at all. Norton Labs warned shoppers to watch out for prices that may be too good to be true, be wary of sites that request unusual payment-processing methods, and to beware of social media ads and unsolicited messages.

Another alarming discovery from Norton Labs is that 80% of websites share search terms with advertisers either accidentally or deliberately. Trackers can gain information from website visits, such as a user's IP address, the website's content, domain, and more. This offers third parties a user's search terms which can include sensitive information like medical concerns or family and legal situations. Advertisers may then use these characteristics to target ads in unexpected or potentially uncomfortable ways.

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