Govt To Set Up Malware Detection Center To Fight Cybercrime

The Indian government is mulling to set up a malware detection center to protect the country’s computers and mobile phones from increasing cybercrime and virus attacks.

The center will analyse various attacks from malwares, virus and botnets and would hep clean the infected systems in the country.

“Government is establishing Botnet cleaning and Malware Analysis centre to detect and clean infected systems in the country,” minister of state for electronics and information technology P.P Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha.

He said the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) is also working with various organisations including the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and banks to track and disable phishing websites.

With the advancements of technology and rise in usage of cyber space, the cyber attacks such as phishing and malicious software or malware are also on the rise. Malware propagate through different methods such as spam and infection on websites. Such phishing and malware target users to trick them to divulge information such as online credentials and steal data from computers facilitating cyber crime, he added.

In a written reply to the lower house, the minister said some of the prominent malwares affecting computers and cell phones in the country are Android Gooligan, Cerber,Android HummingBad, Ranscam, Nivdort, Xcodeghost, Fleercivet, Locky, Caphaw, Dorkbot, Corebot, Zero Access, Ramnit, etc.

He said the government in collaboration with CERT-In is taking all possible measures to protect the cyber space from such attacks and protect country’s IT and communication infrastructure from all sort of cybercrime.

CERT-In issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats, malware and countermeasures on regular basis. Measures to be taken to detect infected systems, tools to dis-infect the same and prevent further propagation are also being advised regularly to organisations and published on its website for all users. CERT-In also notifies owners of websites infected by malicious links and advises measures for disinfection and securing the websites, and to address cybercrime, he added.


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