Philippines is most vulnerable to Mobile Malware Attacks

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Philippines is now ranking at 7th most attacked country worldwide in mobile malware attacks, this report is coming from Kaspersky, an international security firm.

Kaspersky Lab disclosed the data which reveals a 15.7% attack in every 10 Kaspersky users in the said country, this data is from first quarter of 2016.

There are 119 million mobile phone subscribers in the Philippines, the volume of threats has already grown from last year 5.% to 10%.

“The main goal of cybercriminals is to earn and with millions of active smartphone users in the country, the Philippines is like an overflowing pot of gold,” said Anthony Chua, Territory Channel Manager for the Philippines and Singapore at Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.

This report reveals that China has the highest number of detected mobile malware attacks, with 20.1% to 40% threat attacks occurs. According to KSN, the top 10 vulnerable countries includes Bangladesh (28%), Uzbekistan (21%), Algeria (17.6), Nigeria (17.4%), India (17.0%), Indonesia (15.6%), Ukraine (15.0%) and Malaysia (14.0%). The safest countries are Taiwan (2.9%), Australia (2.7%) and Japan (0.9%).

The report includes a detected almost 2 million malicious installation of programs in the first quarter of 2016, mainly from mobile ransomware which grew from 1,984 since 2015 to 2,895.

Kaspersky Lab revealed that adware is the leading malware with 42.7% and 13% increase from last year records. Adware is a form of software being displayed as ads and then collects information from the user, which usually happens for free downloaded software online.

“It is high time for Filipino mobile users to think about security. Protect your mobile devices not because of dread for the cybercriminals’ stealthy attacks. Do it for yourself, to secure your data, your privacy and your money,” added Chua.

What do you think about mobile malware attacks? Are you safe using your mobile phone? Have you installed any anti-virus and did it help? Let us know in the comment section.

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