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APAC’s Threat Landscape Examined; Malwarebytes

 

Malwarebytes in its newly launched 2017 Asia Pacific State of Malware Report states that botnets, ad fraud and ransomware have become very prominent within the present e-threat scenario.

 

Specifically within the Asia Pacific region, with over half of all botnet attacks worldwide occurring here, botnets have dominated the attack landscape. Moreover, malware targeting Android devices too existed in considerable quantity, with the 3 nations on top of the list being behind 15% of the total infections worldwide. Banking Trojans abounded, with the region encountering 27% of infections globally. Networksasia.net posted this online dated March 28, 2017.

 

The above discoveries were revelations from Malwarebytes that assessed 100m Android as well as Windows devices within 200 plus nations during June-November 2016. The security firm that lately established its APAC main office at Singapore disburses anti-malware products which utilize sophisticated heuristics as well as signature-less methodologies for keeping at bay cyber assaults.

 

Also the large scale existence of malware within APAC, according to Malwarebytes, is attributed to the numerous 3rd-party application stores which end-users revert to, along with counterfeit software with a strong presence inside the affected markets - these are the general dangers within the region that cyber security specialists highlight.

 

The report, meanwhile, doesn't mention the exact way that computers from The Philippines were added to botnets when the number of incidences was the highest and cyber security slack countrywide.

 

There were huge botnet farms in Philippines, said cyber-security advocate Pierre Tito Galla who is also co-founder of Democracy.net.ph in an interview to GMA News Online.

 

Galla explained that slack practices and torrenting were vibrant wherein people still downloaded pirated as well as unauthenticated software. Simultaneously, many individuals and even organizations refused to make their software up-to-date or patch them suitably.

 

Malwarebytes, nevertheless, cautioned about cyber-criminals shifting their focus on developed APAC regions. The security firm manages to guard consumers and companies from hackers who move onto other C&C servers for staying undetected during extremely targeted attacks. Separately, Trend Micro as well distinctly considers APAC a thriving place for cyber assaults, expecting ransomware attacks to rise numerically during the current year.

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