India emerges as 5th highest country witnessing infections via DNS Hijacks; F-Secure Threat Round up Report 2015

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According to the latest F-Secure Threat Round up Report 2015, India has emerged as the 5th highest country witnessing infections via DNS Hijacks. The report details the trends and events in global cyber threats that hit consumers and companies last year.


While DNS hijacks differ based on their target (for example, a DNS hijack against a large corporation would look quite different from the DNS hijack targeting an individual or micro business), their basic aim is to alter the domain name system (DNS) configurations of their targets in order to monitor or manipulate Internet traffic. Various security flaws can lead to these DNS hijacks, including weak passwords, software vulnerabilities, or malware. DNS hijacks are an effective way for attackers to make contact with a large number of potential targets at once, as it provides them with the opportunity to compromise all of the devices connected to a particular network.

Although DNS hijacks are a frequent type of attack in today’s threat landscape, a significant spike in these hijacks was observed during the spring and summer months of 2015, specifically April through August. These attacks changed the default DNS configuration in order to manipulate Internet traffic. The majority of the observed hijacks in 2015 occurred in Italy and Poland, followed by Egypt, Sweden, and India.

F-Secure’s new Threat Report offers an exclusive look at the trends and events that defined the digital threat landscape over the last year, chockfull of statistics, timelines, charts and graphs that over an expert's perspective into the lucrative, scary and ever-evolving world of online crime and combat.

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