Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab's GReAT, with Jimmy Fong, Channel Sales Director of Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia. (R-L)

Kaspersky Cybersecurity 2015 reports Philippines’ ranked as 47th in the list of web malware affected countries

 

Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), dicussing in Kaspersky Cybersecurity 2015.
Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), dicussing in Kaspersky Cybersecurity 2015.

Studies from Kaspersky Lab experts ranked the Philippines as 47th among the countries highly attacked by malwares, as discoursed in the recently conducted ‘Kaspersky Cybersecurity 2015’, April 20 in Makati City

Seeking to give a clear-cut view in cyber-attacking, Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), presented their findings regarding the activities orchestrated by cybercriminals.

From January to March of this year, Kaspersky have recorded 6,043 web malware incidents in the Philippines.

Diaz, explaining the data of their study in Kaspersky Cybersecurity 2015.
Diaz, explaining the data of their study in Kaspersky Cybersecurity 2015.

 

Data analysis discussed by Diaz showed that 44.1% of internet users in the country are attacked by malwares.

He mentioned 13 top malware detection in the Philippines which include Trojans, Worms, Hack-tool, and Virus, and debunked the thought about files being ‘encrypted’.

“We can prevent encryption to happen … but it’s not possible for an ‘encrypt,” said Diaz.

Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab's GReAT, with Jimmy Fong, Channel Sales Director of Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.  (R-L)
Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab’s GReAT, with Jimmy Fong, Channel Sales Director of Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia. (R-L)

According to Diaz, during their research in Naikon’s activity, a spy vs. spy attack has been recorded leading them to discover Hellsing, whose victims are mostly from the Philippines and Malaysia.

Hellsing malware also attacked India, Indonesia and the U.S. which was already blocked by Kaspersky. However, from 2012 up to present, Hellsing threat actor remains active.

Naikon and Hellsing are cyberespionage groups targeting government and diplomatic organizations in Asia-Pacific region.

The Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia with Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab's GReAT.
The Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia with Vicente Diaz, the Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab’s GReAT.

 

Given that the Philippines is one on the list of web malware affected countries, Diaz said that people should not be alarmed but rather be aware so they can prevent malware infection.

Asked if there are ways to avoid being a target, he said, “You cannot avoid being a target, but you can avoid being infected.”

He also added that it’s either you get rid of it or investigate, but for investigation, it requires a lot of money, time and sources.

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