Kaspersky products used in the Philippines detected and foiled more than 50 million web threat attempts in 2021, according to statistics from the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).
The latest KSN report released Monday showed the Philippines moved two places up in Kaspersky’s global ranking or fourth overall behind Belarus, Algeria, and Kazakhstan.
In a nutshell, this means Filipinos who have been mostly stuck at home surfing, working, banking, or studying via the web during the second year of the pandemic have had a heightened exposure to further dangers of the Internet.
KSN is the cloud-based threat intelligence service of Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
From 2017 to 2021, in the malware-detection history of KSN, the cyberthreats detected in the Philippines have gone up sharply by 433 percent, according to a news release.
The monitored cyberthreat attempts logged on devices of Kaspersky users in 2017 were 9.488 million compared to 50.545 million in 2021.
In 2021 alone, Kaspersky’s detection systems discovered an average of 380,000 new malicious files daily, reflecting growth of 20,000 compared to the previous year.
Traditionally, most threats (91 percent) occurred via WindowsPE files, a file format specific to Windows operating systems.
However, last year, cybercriminals also started spreading threats associated with the Linux operating system more actively than ever before.
As a result, the number of detected Linux malware and unwanted software grew by 57 percent.
“Because of the Internet, carrying on with work and school during the pandemic has been significantly possible. The Internet has also provided people a temporary escape from real life during lockdowns. This is true not just for Filipinos but for everyone around the world,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.
Web threats are attacks via browsers. Cybercriminals normally use drive-by downloads and social engineering to try to spread malware to devices of Internet users.
A drive-by download infection, which is used in most of the attacks, happens when visiting an infected website.
In such attacks, cybercriminals use file-less malware, the most dangerous way of infecting a device because it’s such a complicated malware that is difficult to detect and counter.
On the other hand, social engineering are attacks where an Internet user downloads a malicious file into the computer. This happens when cybercriminals trick the victim to believe she is downloading a legitimate program.