India Ranks 5th as originator of Internet Security Threats


India is becoming a hotbed of Internet Security Threats, especially spam. She is now ranked 5th (from earlier 11th) as originator of all Internet Security Threats. Interestingly BRIC (India, China, Brazil & Russia) economies contribute to biggest chunk threats – being 4 countries in top 7. These findings were revealed by Symantec Internet Security Threat report released recently.


Interesting Statistics on Internet Security Threats Report

  • India experienced a surge in malicious activity in 2009, moving from 11th to 5th for overall malicious activity in 2008 to fifth in this period.
  • India also accounted for 15 percent of all malicious activity in the Asia-Pacific/Japan (APJ) region, an increase from 10 percent in 2008.
  • In 2009, the United States had the most overall malicious activity, with
    19% of the total as compared to 23% on previous year. China was 2nd with 8% of all threats, followed by Brazil (6%)
  • In 2009, 60 percent of identities exposed were compromised by hacking attacks.
  • The top Web-based attacks observed in 2009 primarily targeted vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and applications that process PDF files.


  • In 2009, the financial sector remained the sector most heavily targeted by phishing attacks, accounting for 74 percent of the brands used in phishing campaigns


  • The education sector accounted for 20 percent of data breaches that could lead to identity theft during this period, more than any other sector.
  • In 2009 physical theft or loss accounted for 37 percent of data breaches that could lead to identity theft—a decrease from 48 percent in 2008.
  • Hacking accounted for 60 percent of the identities exposed in 2009, a marked increase from 22 percent in 2008.
  • The United States was the country of the most bot-infected computers in 2009, accounting for 11 percent of the global total.
  • Mozilla Firefox was affected by 169 new vulnerabilities in 2009, more than any other browser; there were 94 new vulnerabilities identified in Apple Safari, 45 in Microsoft Internet Explorer, 41 in Google® Chrome and 25 in Opera.
  • Trojans made up 51 percent of the volume of the top 50 malicious code samples reported in 2009
  • The most common type of spam detected in 2009 was related to Internet-related goods and services such as online degrees, which made up 29 percent of all detected spam.
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  1. Ulhas Gade says

    we need internet security for our country.

  2. Ulhas Gade says

    we need internet security for our country.

  3. Ulhas Gade says

    we need internet security for our country.

  4. ClubHack says

    You’ll be surprised to know that India is on top of blacklisted IPs due to SPAM

    Full report here, scroll down to see the chart

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