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India and Cybersecurity: Are we safe?

India ranks high on a list of countries with data breaches compromising the privacy of individuals. Why do computer hackers target Indians? Moneycontrol examines the problem.

October 28, 2021 / 03:53 PM IST
India saw three times more cyber attacks in 2020 than in 2019

India saw three times more cyber attacks in 2020 than in 2019

The recent cyberattack on the Iranian gas stations all over the country showed how vulnerable our IT infrastructure can be. The attack rendered state issued electronic cards useless and caused many long queues at gas stations. The fact that a change in a single line code is all that is required to gain access is chilling. Unfortunately, India is on a list of countries with a history of cyber attacks.

More than 600,000 cyber attacks were recorded in India in the first half this year, including one on the computer systems of Air India, in which hackers managed to access the personal and financial information of 4.5 million customers worldwide, according to the Indian government’s Computer Emergency Response Team.

Software solution provider Mobikwik Systems Pvt. Ltd, telecom service Airtel Ltd and the Indian units of Domino’s Pizza Inc. also fell victim to hackers in the first half.

The overall figure for the period from January to June compares with 1.1 million cyber attacks reported all of last year, an almost threefold increase from 400,000 in 2019. That translates to almost 3,000 cases reported every day of 2020.