Beware! India among top seven countries at high ransom ware risk
India is among the top seven countries for ransomware circulation as cyber attacks on Windows, Android, Linux and MacOS systems have increased this year globally, a new report has said.
According to “SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast” by global network and endpoint security leader Sophos, two types of Android attack methods are emerging — locking the phone without encrypting data and locking the phone while encrypting the data.
“Ransomware has become platform-agnostic. Ransomware mostly targets Windows computers, but this year, SophosLabs saw an increased amount of crypto attacks on different devices and operating systems used by our customers worldwide,” said Dorka Palotay, SophosLabs Security Researcher, in a statement on Saturday.
According to SophosLabs analysis, the number of attacks on Sophos customers using Android devices increased almost every month in 2017.
“It`s important to note that Android ransomware is mainly discovered in non-Google Play markets – another reason for users to be very cautious about where and what kinds of apps they download,” the researchers noted.
Sophos recommends backing up phones on a regular schedule, similar to a computer, to preserve data and avoid paying ransom just to regain access.