Published on May 8, 2024, 9:12 pm

Philippines Ranks Fifth Globally In Accessing Malicious Urls In 2023

The Philippines ranked fifth globally in the number of malicious Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) accessed in 2023, according to cybersecurity software company Trend Micro. Filipinos accessed a total of 76.73 million malicious URLs, showing a 20% decrease from the previous year. Leading the ranking were Japan, the United States, Taiwan, and China with higher numbers of accessed malicious URLs.

Trend Micro’s Philippines Country Manager Ian Felipe highlighted the increasing sophistication of cyber threats despite their efforts to block more threats for customers. He emphasized the importance of understanding adversaries’ tactics to enhance defensive strategies and manage risks effectively.

Furthermore, Trend Micro reported decreases in e-mail threats, URL-hosted threats, URL victim threats, botnet victims, and online banking malware in the Philippines. However, malware detections increased by 12% compared to the previous year.

On a broader scale, Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, experienced a rise in ransomware detections accounting for over half of global figures. Notably, ransomware detections in the Philippines decreased significantly by 93%. The report also identified advanced persistent threat campaigns targeting government entities globally.

Particularly concerning is Earth Estries, a threat actor engaging in cyber espionage campaigns against government organizations and technology industries across various countries. This group utilizes public services like GitHub and Gmail for malicious activities. Another China-based group named Mustang Panda was discovered attacking government organizations with sophisticated tactics using legitimate software components.

Globally, Trend Micro detected an increase in threats reaching 161 billion in 2023 compared to 146.4 billion in 2022. Their efforts resulted in blocking billions of e-mail threats, malicious URLs and files, as well as conducting reputation queries on a massive scale.

In conclusion, cybersecurity remains a critical concern with evolving cyber threats necessitating constant vigilance and proactive defense measures for individuals and organizations alike within an increasingly digital world.


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