India claims 40300 cyber-attack attempts on web and banking sector by Chinese hackers


India has been facing increased cyberthreats from China and over 40,000 hacking attempts were made across several sectors in India including banking and IT infrastructure. The information was revealed by a top police official in Maharashtra, earlier this week. The news of hacking attempts from Chinese threat actors comes on the heels of geopolitical tensions in Galwan Valley at the Indo-China border.

Yashasvi Yadav, Inspector General of Police, cybersecurity at Maharashtra Police, revealed there’s been a “sudden surge of cybercriminal activity in the Indian cyberspace”, in the span of last 4-5 days. The sectors that are targeted include infrastructure, information, and banking. “At least 40,300 cyber attacks have been made in this time, and a large volume of these attacks have originated from Chengdu, the capital city of China’s Sichuan province,” said Yadav. The types of attacks that have seen a surge include IP hijacking, phishing attacks, and denial of service.

Earlier this week, Cyfirma, a cyber intelligence firm, recently revealed that China-backed hackers are targeting several government agencies and businesses in India. Hackers had reportedly published a list on Chinese hacker forums that included names of reputed Indian companies, banks, and media houses including Airtel, BSNL, Hindustan Times, Times Of India, and more.

Cert-In also released a warning that malicious threat actors were planning a large-scale phishing attack campaign against Indian individuals and companies. The cyberattack was going to send malicious emails under the pretext of local authorities dispensing government funds for COVID-19.

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