Aug 082015
 

ransomware attacks

India ranks ninth globally, after countries like the US, Japan, Canada and Russia, in terms of ransomware attacks, security software firm Symantec today said.

While the number of such attacks are rising globally, there could be a further spurt in the numbers as more devices, including wearables get connected to the Internet, Symantec said in a report.

Ransomware, a kind of malicious software, encrypts files in a user’s computer and blocks access until the user pays a certain sum of money. The average amount demanded by locker ransomware is around USD 200 (about Rs 12,760). India ranks as the ninth most impacted region by ransomware with other countries like the US, Japan, the UK, Italy and Germany topping the charts.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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