Data of 26K Indian websites leaked in 2020 amid delays in National Cybersecurity Policy

Over 26,100 Indian websites were hacked in 2020 as per the data recorded by the state-owned Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the minister of state for electronics and IT Sanjay Dhotre informed the parliament recently. He also highlighted that 110 central ministry websites were hacked last year, along with 54 departmental websites and 59 state government websites.

According to a report by cybersecurity firm Sequretek, India has seen a 4000% surge in phishing emails and a 400% uptake in the number of policy violations in 2020. Another survey by Barracuda Networks revealed that 66% of Indian organisations have had at least one data breach or cybersecurity incident since shifting to a remote working model during the pandemic.

“According to the logs analysed and- made available to CERT-In, the internet protocol (IP) addresses of the computers from where the attacks appear to be originated belong to various countries, including Algeria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Netherlands, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam etc,” Dhotre elaborated.

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