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India facing more cyber attacks from China and Pakistan since nationwide lockdown

India has faced increased cyber-attacks from China and Pakistan since the nationwide lockdown was imposed end-March and the country continues to encounter threats from malware that communicates with Chinese servers, government officials and cyber security companies told ET.

Most of the hackings are through phishing emails, malicious advertisements on websites, and third-party apps and programs, experts said.

Healthcare services and educational institutions have been the targets, said Sanjay Bahl, Director-General of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), India’s nodal cyber security agency.

“Because of the pandemic, healthcare services and academia are the new spaces which are emerging as targets for malicious cyber actors, while the usual areas such as critical infrastructure, government, financial services, continue to be on their radar,” Bahl said.

Covid-19-themed malware, including ransomware, and Covid-19-based domain-led infections have also increased.

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