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(SDN) — In 2018 the Philippines was the 30th most cyber-attacked country in the world. Only five years later, it’s now the 4th most favorite for attacks by cybercriminals.
Kaspersky, the Russia-based global cybersecurity company, released this information and others on the state of online security of the Philippines during its face-to-face (F2F) event on July 6, 2022 at Makati Diamond Residences, Makati, Metro Manila.
Present at the event were Kaspersky’s Genie Sugene Gan, head of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Asia Pacific and Middle East, Turkiye and Africa, and Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia.
Among others they discussed policies and regulations on cybersecurity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the current threat landscape in the Philippines, and the importance of trust and transparency in cyber-resilient country.
The cybersecurity giant based the information they discussed the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) showing, among others, that “web threat attempts against Filipino users of Kaspersky software grew 432.75 percent from 9,487,775 in 2017 to 50,544,908 in 2021.”
This whopping rise in web threat attempts directed against Filipinos on a Kaspersky software found the Philippines on a stiff climb in just five years from occupying the 30th spot to the 4th place of the most attacked countries globally.
Kaspersky has more information on the country’s cybersecurity situation.
“With the pandemic-borne shift towards remote working, the overall RDP (remote desktop protocol) attacks versus local businesses rose by 141 percent from 2019 (2,549,698) to 2021 (6,150,891). RDP enables computers running Windows on the same corporate network to be linked together and accessed remotely, even when employees are at home,” the company’s KSN data showed.
In a report at the event by Genie Sugene Gan, head of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Asia Pacific and Middle East, Turkiye and Africa at Kaspersky, titled “Trust & Transparency: The Backbone of a Cyber-Resilient Philippines”, she noted the decreasing malware incidents in the country.
On the other hand, this indicates, according to Kaspersky’s findings, that cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated in their ways of attacks.
“Mobile malware attacks may have dropped sharply in the Philippines for 2019 to 2021 by 69 percent but…there are indications that Trojans are injected into third-party ad modules and new Trojans are being discovered — proof that cybercriminals have become created and sophisticated in their approach,” Kaspersky’s statement shared with journalists and bloggers pointed out. (✓)
Story to be updated.