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Philippines Exits Top Twenty Most Malware-Struck Nations

Kaspersky Labs the security company, which released its latest quarterly report during the latter part of August 2010, highlights that The Philippines has exited from the list of twenty countries which encountered the most malware assaults.

Specifically, the country that for several months occupied the 19th position has had Bangladesh replace it, with the latter experiencing 1.25% of the total PC-related Internet assaults through malware, across the globe, between April and June 2010 or Q2 2010, the report outlines.

Besides, The Philippines as well dropped down the sequence of nations which hosted harmful software, the report observes. The country, which occupied the 8th position between January and March 2010 or Q1 2010, slid to the 18th position between April and June 2010.

This is basically because The Philippines' popularity for hosting harmful software fell, according to Kaspersky Labs. Abs-cbnnews.com reported this on September 14, 2010.

Said Yury Namestnikov, Virus Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, while the development in The Philippines was encouraging, it didn't imply that there were less of the overall attacks. The country enjoyed a change at the rate of just 0.2%, he emphasized. PCWorld.com.ph published Namestnikov's statement during the 2nd week of September 2010.

In the meantime, according to the security researcher, there is an increase in the operations by Palevo a P2P (peer-to-peer) worm that works as bot-client too. This worm, warns Namestnikov, is highly effective since the computer it infects comes under the full control of Palevo's source. Also, the worm proliferates via Instant Messaging devices or programs such as USB flash drives, MSN as well as other peer-to-peer software like Ares P2P, BearShare, Kazaa, Shareaza, iMesh to mention some, he notes.

On the whole, in the opinion of Namestnikov, the picture for The Philippines is rather gloomy. Thus he says that since over the past several months, the Internet across this country has gone through a serious development as also security awareness has been essentially slow, it's quite possible that The Philippines will re-enter the 'list of top twenty countries with most malware attacks' pretty soon. Techie.com.ph published this during the 2nd week of September 2010.

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