Cyber attacks on e-wallets aim to steal data: Report by Akamai Technologies

India also ranks fourth in the list of target countries for web application attacks globally

IANS March 15, 2017 15:54:34 IST
Cyber attacks on e-wallets aim to steal data: Report by Akamai Technologies

New Delhi: As traffic to e-wallet platforms grows, there has been a significant increase in cyber attacks on online payment gateways to steal data than to disrupt operations, a new report said on Wednesday.

Cyber attacks on ewallets aim to steal data Report by Akamai Technologies

Representational image. Reuters

According to the data provided by global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services Akamai Technologies, hits to web pages on e-wallet companies grew from 512,115,015 per day in September to 1,264,470,283 per day in February in the country.

Akamai in India analysed the growth in traffic volume to India's e-wallet sites on the Akamai Intelligent Platform, three months before and three months after the demonetisation announcement.

"Nearly 94 percent of attack attempts on mobile wallet companies were on the application layer (XSS and RFI attacks) with intent to steal business critical data," the report added.

Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attacks were insignificant in comparison to the overall number of attacks observed, the report noted.

DDoS attempts on these wallets constituted less than 1 percent of the total number of attempts in this time period, emphasising the fact that attacks were intended to steal data and not necessarily disrupt operations of mobile wallet firms.

According to Akamai's recent "State of The Internet Security" report for Q4 2016, India is second in the list of countries in Asia Pacific that sourced the most web application attack traffic with nearly 86,38,666 attacks attributed as originating from the country, after China.

India also ranks fourth in the list of target countries for web application attacks globally, the report said.

Updated Date:

also read

Global stock market down on inflation as investors worry about brewing energy crisis
World

Global stock market down on inflation as investors worry about brewing energy crisis

World markets have come under pressure in recent weeks as the reopening of economies and supply chain woes fuel inflation, with a rally in commodity prices a major contributory factor

‘Putting profits before stopping problematic content’: New whistleblower accuses Facebook of wrongdoing
World

‘Putting profits before stopping problematic content’: New whistleblower accuses Facebook of wrongdoing

The complaint states that the social media giant's managers routinely undermined efforts to combat misinformation and other problematic content for fear of angering then US president Donald Trump or for turning off the users who are key to profits

Banks to remain closed for 9 days starting tomorrow; check full list of October bank holidays here
India

Banks to remain closed for 9 days starting tomorrow; check full list of October bank holidays here

As mentioned above, some of the holidays will be marked in specific areas or cities only. Hence, these leaves are not uniform. Customers are advised to plan their visits to the bank accordingly.