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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 21:12 IST

G20 website attacked 16 lakh times ever 60 seconds in September, Centre reveals

India's G20 website was attacked 16 lakh times every 60 seconds during the Summit on September 9 and 10, 2023, according to the Centre.

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The cyberattacks translated to 26,000 DDoS attacks per second, the government revealed. | Image:Shutterstock
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India's G20 website was attacked 16 lakh times every 60 seconds during the Summit on September 9 and 10, 2023, the Central government revealed. According to the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), the official website encountered an overwhelming amount of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks in the form of "pings" while the summit was underway in New Delhi. A DDoS is when a website is flooded with internet traffic of automated bots which prevents real users from accessing the website.

The revelation was made by Rajesh Kumar, CEO of the I4C which comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs, at a press conference on January 3, who said that this translated to more than 26,000 cyber attacks on the website in one second.  

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Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) is a government startup and established with a vision to create a safer cyber space for the citizens of India.

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At I4C's annual press conference, Kumar said that east and southern India have emerged as the hubs of cyber-frauds linked to customer care number, refunds and KYC. He said that these accounted for 35% of the frauds, whereas sextortion and online booking plus fake franchise QR code based frauds from Mewat accounted for 24% of the total frauds across India. 

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It was further revealed that more than 1.38 lakh online financial frauds were reported in October, 2023 which is the highest last year. This resulted in the loss of around Rs 10,300 crore across the nation to cybercriminals since April 1, 2021. 

"The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) is a government startup and established with a vision to create a safer cyber space for the citizens of India," Kumar said at the press conference.

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"This mission underlines to create an effective framework and ecosystem for the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of cybercrime in the country," he added. 

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 21:12 IST

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