In terms of malware categories, only the two top rankings showed growth in the second half of 2022
In 2022, more than 40% of operational technology (OT) computers were affected by malicious objects. In South Asia, the percentage of ICS computers on which malware was detected in H2 2022 is lower than the global average (30.3%).
The second half of 2022 was the period with the highest rate of attacks against industrial sectors with 27% of computers affected in India. This period was also marked by a rising number of attacks carried out using malicious scripts, phishing pages (JS and HTML) and denylisted resources.
Denylisting is a security capability that reduces harmful security attacks by denying access to listed elements.
Attacks on the automotive manufacturing and energy sector showed unprecedented growth and accounted for 28.3% and 29.3% of all industries in South Asia, respectively.
In terms of malware categories, only the two top rankings showed growth in the second half of 2022, namely—malicious scripts and phishing pages (JS and HTML) and denylisted internet resources. Other categories of malicious objects either decreased or remained unchanged.
Malicious scripts and phishing pages (JS and HTML) are distributed both online and via email. A significant part of denylisted internet resources are used to distribute malicious scripts and phishing pages, as per reported by YourStory.
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