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Shifting Trends: Kaspersky’s Data Shows Web Threats Overtaking Local Threats In The Past Two Years In Malaysia

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Talking about web threats overtaking local threats. Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (“MyCERT”) observed an increase in various cybersecurity attacks capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on phishing emails, websites, scam domains, malware, and vulnerable sectors and infrastructures in the health sector. 

The data gathered by Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), which automatically analyzes cybersecurity-related data streams from millions of voluntary participants around the world, shows that 2020 was a bed of roses for cybercriminals, as the world entered working, learning from home, and the heavy reliance on internet connectivity. 

According to Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, “The ongoing effort by the ministry after the launch of the National Cyber Security Awareness Module and Cyber Security Enhancement Project for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and public remain a crucial puzzle to counter the ever-growing cyber threats in the country.”

“One of our researches also showed that SMEs value cybersecurity investment with 36% are more likely to cut advertising budgets than IT or cybersecurity. Thankfully, the latest threat statistics for Malaysia show these efforts by the government, the SMEs, and the public are bearing fruits. These efforts must continue to see a more cyber-resilient Malaysia. We should not go easy with our cyber defense. We should not put our guards down now,” Yeo adds.

KSN shows that web threats spiked to 48 million in 2020 from 36 million in 2019. It was then gone up again in 2021 to 61 million web threats before coming down to 37 million in 2022. 

Web threats are attacks via browsers, primarily for spreading malicious programs. Generally, most often used by cybercriminals to penetrate systems.   

While web threats were severely attacking Malaysian users in 2020, local threats experienced a downward trend in Malaysia, 54 million in 2020, then 35 million in 2021, and later 22 million in 2022.

 Local threats are where users are attacked by malware spread through removable USB drives and other offline methods.   

Web Threats Local Threats
2017 16,740,303 82,026,205
2018 42,052,261 67,739,963
2019 36,650,942 63,634,745
2020 48,751,943 54,549,740
2021 61,384,025 35,873,395
2022 37,187,104 22,133,174

Data on Web Threats and Local Threatscollected and analyzed by Kaspersky Security Network from 2017-2022 

To protect SMEs, Kaspersky recommends: 

  • Providing staff with basic cybersecurity training as many targeted attacks start with phishing or other social engineering techniques.  
  • Using a protection solution for endpoints and mail servers with anti-phishing capabilities to decrease the chance of infection through phishing emails.  
  • Taking key data protection measures.  Always safeguard corporate data and devices, including by using password protection, encrypting work devices, and ensuring data is backed up. 
  • Keeping work devices physically safe, do not leave them unattended in public, always lock them and use strong passwords and encryption software.  

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