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Almost half of APAC markets encounter local threat incidents in Q3 2016

Adrian M. Reodique | Oct. 13, 2016
Number of ransomware attacks in the region has increased by 114 percent.

Almost half of the countries in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region (49 percent) have encountered security incidents related to local networks and removable media in third quarter of 2016 (Q3 2016).

This is according to Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) cloud service statistics from July to September 2016, which covered selected APAC markets, including China, Australia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand.

Computer users in Vietnam faced the most number of local threats at 64 percent. They are followed by Philippines and India, with 58 percent and 55 percent respectively.

The statistics also revealed that 17 percent of computer users in APAC encountered web-related threats. Chinese users lead the web detections with 24 percent, followed by Vietnam (23 percent), India, and Indonesia (both with 18.5 percent).

Meanwhile, the region is also becoming a target for ransomware and cryptoware attacks. The report indicated the number of ransomware incidents detected in APAC rose in July and August as compared to February and March by 114 percent.

India recorded the largest number of ransomware infection attempts, followed by Vietnam.

"Cybercriminals are mostly after money, so banks and their customers are often targeted by them. Though we do our job in securing the IT perimeter and transactions on our side, users still remain the weakest link. One of our aims is to make them well informed and cautious about the threats that vary from phishing letters to mobile banking Trojans," said Nicolas Collery, Information Security Operations Officer at DBS Bank, in a press release. 


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