PH second in ransomware, number of users clicking malicious URLs in SEA

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The mobile threat landscape continues to grow at an even faster pace than last year as the total number of mobile malware and high-risk apps grew to two million this quarter. The explosion of repackaged apps ? those that have been maliciously tampered with to pass Android?s security features ? also contributed to the huge spike in mobile malware and high-risk app volume growth The mobile threat landscape continues to grow at an even faster pace than last year as the total number of mobile malware and high-risk apps grew to two million this quarter. The explosion of repackaged apps ? those that have been maliciously tampered with to pass Android?s security features ? also contributed to the huge spike in mobile malware and high-risk app volume growth[/caption] The findings were contained in the Trend Micro?s first quarter security roundup for 2014, ?Cybercrime Hits the Unexpected,? which showed that cybercriminals continuously discover more ways to steal finances. Cybercriminals are taking a non-traditional approach by targeting point-of-sale (PoS) terminals, the report noted. Trend Micro researchers also found that online banking malware continues to thrive with the emergence of new malware families, each with different targets and varying anti-detection techniques. According to researchers in TrendLabs, Trend Micro headquarters for operations located in Manila, the Philippine threat landscape remains in a state of flux. ?The presence of traditional malware in the country is still prevalent as compared to adware that is prominent in more developed countries. It is important to note that most detected are .mobi websites, which means cybercriminals are focusing their attacks on mobile devices of Filipinos,? it noted. Over the past five years, the number of mobile malware and high-risk apps ? which hit two million since the introduction of the Android platform?still continues to grow, it added. ?This year?s first quarterly report sheds light into the cyber underground where creative cybercriminals continue to find new opportunities to commit their crimes,? said Trend Micro chief technology officer Raimund Genes. ?To remain protected against these ever-evolving cyber threats, users must be diligent in using best practices when surfing the Web, especially when conducting online financial transactions.? Other key first quarter findings include: [caption id="attachment_18351" align="aligncenter" width="369"]This quarter?s online banking malware volume significantly dropped from the end of 2013. This year?s first quarter number did not differ much from the same timeframe one year ago, and the high numbers at the close of last year could be attributed to the holiday season when cybercriminals pursue online shoppers This quarter?s online banking malware volume significantly dropped from the end of 2013. This year?s first quarter number did not differ much from the same timeframe one year ago, and the high numbers at the close of last year could be attributed to the holiday season when cybercriminals pursue online shoppers[/caption] [caption id="attachment_18352" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Reports of point-of-sale system infiltration in the United States, particularly in retail and hospitality, as well as insider threats targeting South Korean credit card companies highlighted the need for customized defense strategies Reports of point-of-sale system infiltration in the United States, particularly in retail and hospitality, as well as insider threats targeting South Korean credit card companies highlighted the need for customized defense strategies[/caption] [caption id="attachment_18353" align="aligncenter" width="620"]A new-generation of exploits took the app ecosystem by storm this quarter. These apps cater to users? desire to anonymously share content, send off-the-record messages, and share media. Along with observing more social engineering scams, several devices in the Internet of Everything (IoE) market were scrutinized, as security researchers exposed gaping vulnerabilities A new-generation of exploits took the app ecosystem by storm this quarter. These apps cater to users? desire to anonymously share content, send off-the-record messages, and share media. Along with observing more social engineering scams, several devices in the Internet of Everything (IoE) market were scrutinized, as security researchers exposed gaping vulnerabilities[/caption] ?Organizations continued to struggle with attacks that were targeted in nature, which could be directly aimed at the energy, financial, healthcare, and retail industries or critical infrastructure,? said Trend Micro vice president of technology and solutions JD Sherry. ?It came down to a simple equation ? high-value targets that promised massive payouts were compromised despite the determined efforts of organizations to protect their valuable information.? ]]>

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