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#comptia | #ransomware | UP accounts for 93% of malware in India: NCRB | Meerut News


Officials Blame It On Computer Illiteracy
Meerut: Out of 1,218 cyberattacks involving ransomware (a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid), 1,136 took place in Uttar Pradesh in 2018, according to recently released NCRB report. Notably, there is 400% rise in such cases across the country as compared to the 2017 numbers. In 2017, there were just 300 such cases countrywide, though UP had still the highest 245 cases involving ransomware then.
Even the states considered to be information technology hubs, like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, are nowhere close to UP. While Andhra Pradesh has zero such cases registered in 2018, Karnataka has seven.
The only state that comes next to UP is Jharkhand with mere 51 cases. Nevertheless, Karnataka still tops the charts when it comes to non-ransomware cyberattacks.
According to NCRB data, in terms of cybercrime that comes under section 66C (identity theft when someone fraudulently or dishonestly makes use of the electronic signature, password or any other unique identification feature of any other person) of the Information Technology Act, 2000, Karnataka accounts for 5,526 cases followed by UP with 4,285 cases. All other states are well below 1,000.
According to a senior police officer in UP’s cybercrime cell, “Computer illiteracy combined with negligence is the primary cause of ransomware attacks.”
The officer added, “In IT hubs like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, computer literacy is high and people are educated enough to take cyber security seriously. In UP where people have considerable access to information technology, they are less vigilant due to ignorance. Good anti-virus software and not falling prey to attractive but unauthentic lucrative baits in the form of cash rewards are some of the safeguards. Besides, there are times when small firms or individuals attach their backup data to internet by plugging devices into their systems. Such data is always vulnerable to ransomware. But considering the size of the state and its population, 1,136 is still a minuscule figure when compared to the way people throw caution to wind.”





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