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Malaysia is leading APAC when it comes to resisting malware: Why?

AvantiKumar | May 31, 2017
According to a new industry report, Malaysia is less susceptible to malware than other emerging markets in Asia Pacific.

He then said, "Malaysia is relatively untouched by ad fraud, adware, and ransomware with an infection rate of less than one percent in these categories, which is twice lower than the other emerging markets on average. However, Malaysia still ranks top 30 globally among these categories."

Speaking of botnet detections, Hurmuses, said that Asia-Pacific topped the chart of botnet detections globally, and accounting for more than 50 percent of botnet detections with emerging markets responsible for the majority of infections.

While Malaysia ranks top 10 globally in the list, the botnet infection rate in Malaysia is significantly lower compared to other emerging markets, such as Philippines and Indonesia, at less than two percent.

Malaysia was the least infected country among the emerging markets, with nearly three times less detections than the fourth ranked country, Thailand.

However, mobile malware is getting smarter, Hurmuses said. "In our research, we have observed increased use of randomization utilised by malware authors to evade detection by mobile security engines, leading to increased malware infection rates amongst Android devices globally."

Android rampant

"Android malware is particularly rampant in Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and Malaysia, in which Malaysia is most vulnerable towards Android malware among various kinds of malware," he said, adding that Malaysia is ranked 12th globally for Android malware detections. "Together with the other top three emerging Asia countries, it accounts for more than 17 percent of Android malware detections across the globe."

Hurmuses attributed the high prevalence of Android malware detections in these three countries to the extensive use of relatively unsecured third-party app stores amongst consumers.

Malaysia is doing well

Emerging countries in Asia also accounted for a disproportionately large amount of banking Trojan malware detections globally, he said. "While Malaysia is ranked top five in Asia and 23rd globally, the detection rate is less than one percent, which is significantly lower than neighbouring countries, such as the Philippines and Thailand in which these two countries combined accounted for more than 20 percent of global banking Trojan detections."

"We will not see malicious phishing attacks disappear," said Hurmuses. "Due to the new developments in the download and installation of malware originating from phishing emails, as well as the use of macro scripts in Microsoft Office documents, this method of attack will continue at steady levels throughout the rest of the year, likely with increased sophistication."

"While our findings illustrate that emerging markets in Asia are generally more vulnerable to malware, Malaysia is performing well in fighting against malware in the region," he said. "As the government is striving for a Digital Economy, we are excited to be here to further support all consumers and businesses in Malaysia to help them better protect their online activities."

See - How security is powering Malaysia's Digital Economy: MDEC exclusive

You may also like read recent WannaCry ransomware coverage in Malaysia. See -
- Global ransomware attacks prompt national 'WannaCry' alert from CyberSecurity Malaysia
- Why Malaysia's PIKOM has not received a single WannaCry report
- WannaCry attacks: Former Malaysian hacker predicted healthcare target

The latest edition of this article lives at Computerworld Malaysia.


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