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India- The New Talent Hotspot For Cyber Criminals

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 02 September 2013, 10:05 Hrs
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Bangalore: India is emerging as talent hotspot for black-hat hackers, thanks to slow hiring in the software industry, easy money, and lack of proper law enforcements, reports Economic Times.



Global cyber crime groups are outsourcing the jobs of hacking and creating malwares to India through cyber-mercenaries, who work underground.



It is possible to rent botnets - network of infected machines controlled by a hacker - to launch attacks on websites for as little as $2 per hour.



"Increasingly, India is becoming not just the victim but the host country with regard to cyber attacks," said Jagdish Mahapatra, MD for India and SAARC at McAfee, the antivirus company. He also added that the hacker groups are so well organized that they have a Live Chat customer support.



In 2012, McAfee Labs identified at least 850 ready-to-download malwares hosted on computers in India. In the first quarter of 2013, the number had jumped to 1,100.



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