Friday, June 21, 2024

Kaspersky thwarts 50M local threats against SE Asia firms

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said its latest data showed more than 49,042,966 local threats were blocked by the company from infecting companies here last year.

These types of attacks were more prevalent in businesses in Indonesia (19,614,418 incidents), Vietnam (17,834,312), and Thailand (5,838,460).

A total of 3,841,548 local threats eyeing business in Malaysia were prevented by Kaspersky, 1,585,384 in the Philippines, and 328,844 in Singapore.

These statistics represent the malicious programs found directly on users’ computers or removable media connected to them (flash drives, camera memory cards, phones, external hard drives), or which initially made their way onto the computer in non-open form (for example, programs in complex installers, encrypted files, etc.).

While local threats against SEA businesses are higher compared with the number of online attacks monitored and blocked by Kaspersky last year, a steady dip is also observed on a year-on-year basis.

“The peak of the pandemic in 2020 saw 92M local infections prevented by Kaspersky. It dipped in 2021 with 69M incidents and further down last year with 49M, almost just half of 2020’s total number. Despite the downward trend, businesses should still be on guard because weaponized USBs and removable drives can still be an effective source of malware that can compromise your networks, servers, and even hardware,” Yeo Siang Tiong, GM for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, said.

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