Kaspersky discovers 90 million malicious apps this year triggering Cyber Threat concerns!

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Kaspersky Lab has issued a warning that the scale and complexity of global cyber attacks are growing at an exponential rate triggering major concerns for the evolution of IoT. The company came to the said conclusion after it found that more than 90 million malicious apps were infected in this year in which half of the cyber attacks were on IoT.

 “When we think about cybersecurity, we only think about computers and smartphones. But criminals are increasingly targeting the industrial environment, including IoT Applications”, said Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of Kaspersky.

Eugene added that Internet of Things are everywhere around us and we are depending heavily on them these days. For instance, take air conditioners, security cameras and fire alarms which can be operated via smartphones. Even connected cars can be now on maneuvered through a smartphone.

Though the technology is exciting, Eugene added that these systems are extremely vulnerable to hackers.

In the past, cyber crooks did not pay any attention to industrial units; but not anymore- said Kaspersky.

To put its perspective on the massive scale of attacks, Kaspersky labs has disclosed some of its previous study findings. It’s said that the Russian firm collected about 500 malicious applications in 1997 which jumped to more than 2 million samples ten years later in 2007. And this year it expects to collect more than 90 million. The company is said to be collecting 300,000 new malicious samples on a daily note.

Note- Eugene Kaspersky disclosed the above said content at China’s World Internet Conference, an event designed to promote a more censored and controlled internet.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security