More than 2 million cyber threats from Singapore servers found in 2Q: Kaspersky

19-Jul-2019 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:02 AM Print This Post

More than 2 million cyber threats originating from servers located in Singapore were detected in the second quarter of 2019, said global cybersecurity company Kaspersky on Wednesday (17 July).

This places the Republic at 11th place globally as a cyber threat source, according to Kaspersky’s latest report.

“As one of Asia’s top digital nations, it is unsurprising that Singapore has become a key target for hackers to perpetrate attacks through the country’s well-developed IT infrastructure. This underscores the importance of ensuring that cybercriminals do not take advantage of our local servers for their ill-intents,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager at Kaspersky, Southeast Asia.

The Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) also found that a third (33.6 per cent) of users in this country were almost infected by local threats during the second quarter.

In terms of web threats, Kaspersky detected 1.3 million different Internet-borne cyberthreats on the computers of KSN participants in Singapore, with 12.8 per cent of users attacked by such threats.

Local threats including worms and file viruses accounted for the majority of such incidents during the period. The data also shows how often users are attacked by malware spread via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other offline methods.

Malware programmes are web-based threats that can target internet users. The threats include a range of malicious software programmes that are designed to infect victims’ computers.

Drive-by downloads, or the unintentional download of malicious code to one’s computer or mobile device, are also another threat that leave users exposed to a cyberattack. The infection can also be done through social engineering which involves tricking the human mind to download a legitimate-looking but infected programme on a computer. million-cyber-threats-from-singapore-servers-found-in-2-q-kaspersky-063650476.html


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