India is increasingly on the radar of cybercriminals from countries like China, Russia and the U.S., who are using advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks to steal data from consumers and enterprises, security software firm Kaspersky has said.
APT refers to a format where the attacker gains access to a network/device and stays there undetected for a long period of time. The motive of the attack is to steal data and there is a longer term damage to the organization/user.
“APT attacks are on the rise globally and those affecting India are also growing. These attacks are originating from China, the US and Russia among other countries. A major chunk of the attacks like Equation, Turla, Darkhotel, Regin, Cloud Atlas infected India as well,” Kaspersky Lab deputy director of global research and analysis team, Sergey Novikov told reporters.
He added that while there were three APT announcements in 2012, the number grew to seven in 2013, 11 in 2014 and 10 in the first half of 2015. “As more and more devices get connected to the internet/network, the level of sophistication of these attacks is also on the rise,” he said. Novikov said the line of distinction between state- sponsored cyberattacks and those by criminal gangs is diminishing as similar techniques often get used.