Thai internet infections more than doubled in 2018, says Kaspersky

Breaking News April 22, 2019 14:23

By The Nation

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Kaspersky Lab on Monday released its 2018 security bulletin containing local information and an overview of the threats that faced Thailand over the past year.



According to the report, the web remained one of the major sources of cyberthreats in the country. The global cybersecurity company detected 30,203,943 separate internet-borne infections in Thailand.

Overall, 31.8 per cent of Thai users were attacked by web-borne threats last year, according to the report based on data from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN). This is a significant increase over 2017, when the lab’s products detected 12,696,011 threats with 29 per cent of users attacked.

According to Suguru Ishimaru, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab Japan, the Thai increase follows a global trend showing an overall growth of detected malicious installation packages, new mobile banking trojans, and new mobile banking trojans. 

Several Southeast Asian countries also made it to the world’s top 10 nations with the highest percentage of users attacked by online threats. Banking trojans such as DanaBot, which was first detected in Q2 2918, continue to develop rapidly.

“Currently Thailand is 73rd worldwide in terms of the dangers we have detected which are associated with web surfing,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky Lab.

“While we can easily say that Thailand is safer compared with its neighbours in the region, we still highly urge internet users in the country to put their guards up against these costly and damaging online threats,” he said.

“The more than 30 million online infections blocked last year proved that Thailand is still within the radar of cybercriminals. Beef up your defenses and improve your online habits. Do not be a willing prey.”

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