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PH Android users at higher risk of being hacked

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The Philippines was ranked third among countries in Southeast Asia with the highest Android mobile malware attempts detected and blocked by a mobile cybersecurity solutions company.

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The country’s ranking was based on data collected by Kaspersky from January to September 2019.

Only Indonesia and Malaysia had more malware attempts that were detected and blocked, data from the company showed.

Kaspersky’s security experts said that 98 percent of malware for mobile are designed for the operating systems of Android phones, which are very popular in the Philippines.

This means that Android mobile phone users who use banking and shopping apps are at higher risk of downloading malware without them even knowing it.

Data from the company also showed that in 2018, there were 30 attempts in the Philippines in the last nine months to install ransomware to Android devices.

Ransomware is a type of malware that steals information from their intended victims and demands ransom in exchange for the stolen info.

“Usually a ransomware gets into an Android device when its user opens a malicious attachment, clicks on a suspicious link, installs apps from third-party app stores or clicks on an ad even on a legitimate website,” the report from Kaspersky read.

The types of malware that Kapersky has detected to be most prevalent in Southeast Asia were the banking and ransomware Trojans.

Banking Trojans steal money from mobile users’ bank accounts through the links to the user’s bank cards and apps.
Kaspersky reported that this type of malware was popular among hackers because it provided a direct route to the user bank accounts.

“We can see that attempts to infect Kaspersky mobile users year on year is quite going down in SEA and we attribute that to the growing awareness of the public about protecting their mobile data. The Philippines is hands-down an Android country and combined with the Filipinos’ very strong interest in digital activities, we understand why at number three overall in the region, Filipino Android users remain to be among cybercriminals’ targets,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.

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