You are not safe. Cyber attacks to steal consumer data rose by 200% in 2015

This is a very bad news for netizens. Cyber criminals have devised what is now called ‘fake technical support’ model to steal consumer data. According to a report by security software firm Symantec, scams involving fake technical support saw a whopping 200% increase in 2015 across the world.

"With close to 5 lakh attacks last year, India ranked 11 amongst countries targeted the most by tech support scams... The countries targeted the most by tech support scams were the US, the UK, France, Australia and Germany," Symantec director solution product management Asia Pacific and Japan Tarun Kaura told PTI.

It should be noted that the countries that had most reported tech support scams were the US, UK, France, Australia and Germany. In total, Symantec blocked more than 100 million tech support scams last year (globally)," he added.

Kaura noted that sophisticated cyber criminal groups are duplicating the skill sets of nation-state attackers.

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