Tue. May 11th, 2021

The Philippines slipped two notches down from its previous ranking in the latest top 10 global list of countries with the most web-borne threats based on a report from cybersecurity company Kaspersky.

In the 2020 Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) report, it showed that Kaspersky solutions installed in computers of Filipino users detected 44.42 million different internet-borne threats last year. The report also revealed that more than four-in-10 (42.2 percent) of online users in the country were almost infected with web threats in 2020, putting the country at 6th place globally.

“The number of web threats in the country is about 37.19 percent more in 2020 compared to 27.89 million web threats (44.4 percent) detected in 2019, placing the country 4th overall in that year,” Kaspersky said. 

“Web threats are attacks via browsers, which is the basic method for cybercriminals to spread their malicious programs,” it added.

Kaspersky experts observed two noticeable trends behind the change of percentage users attacked by web threats, not just in the Philippines, but for countries all over the world:

The number of users that encounter web miners has been reduced by 1.5 times. A Trojan miner like Trojan.Script.Miner.gen is an example of a web-mining malware that is used by cybercriminals to secretly mine cryptocurrencies using someone’s computing power and electricity.

The number of users that encounter web skimmers has increased by about 20 percent. Web skimmers (sometimes referred to as sniffers) where scripts are embedded by attackers in online stores to steal credit card data of customers from websites.

According to Kaspersky, the top five sources of web threats in the Philippines as well as in other countries in the region and elsewhere in the world are the following: Internet browsing; unintentional downloads of certain programs (or files) from the internet; email attachments; browser extensions activity; and downloads of malicious components or communications with control and command (C&C) servers performed by other malware.Making up the top 10 (ranked from No. 1 to 10) are: Nepal, Algeria, Mongolia, Somalia, Belarus, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Rwanda and Kenya. SOVEREIGNPH

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