According to a study by Tier3, a Pakistani Cybersecurity firm, Indian hackers cybercrime groups are responsible for the majority of ransomware attacks in Pakistan and also around the globe.
In case you’re not familiar with the term, Ransomware locks out a user or restricts them from using their system unless they pay a ransom. It’s just like someone kidnapped your data or system and would release them once you pay up.
More modern ransomware families, collectively categorized as crypto-ransomware, encrypt various file types on infected systems and then forces the owner to pay ransom through online payment methods (mostly bitcoin) to get a decrypt key.
Kaspersky Lab, the Russian multinational cyber security and anti-virus provider, discovered a total of 60 different crypto-ransomware families over the past 12 months. Around 80 percent of this malware came from the same source, Indian crime groups, which is a very troublesome development.
Indian hackers aren’t focused on hacking only Pakistani sites and conducting ransomware attacks, but we sure are a prime target. Recently, Lahore District Government’s official website was attacked by the hacker group called IND 3MB3R. It was allegedly in retaliation of alleged hacking of Indian Home Ministry website by Pakistani Hackers a couple of days ago.
Such incidents are now becoming a common norm. Last month it was revealed that Indian hackers are sending malicious links via WhatsApp to Pakistani smartphone users to hack their personal information.
An official document released in December 2016 by the Pakistani government disclosed that Indian hackers are using fake WhatsApp video calling invite to bait the mobile users into falling for a scam.
In 2010, 36 govt. websites were hacked by Indian Cyber Army which also included websites of Pak Navy, National Accountability Bureau, Sindh Police among many others. Such events put a strain on already tension fueled relationship of the two countries.