INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, Singapore

2.8 million cyberthreats plagued Singapore servers in Q2: report

It’s the 11th largest source of cyberthreats in the world.

More than 2.8 million cyberthreat incidents were hosted by Singaporean servers from April to June 2019 or 0.4% of threats recorded across the globe during the same period, according to data from the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).

This makes Singapore 11th in Kaspersky’s list of global cyberthreat sources in Q2.

In terms of web threats, Kaspersky detected 1.3 million Internet-borne cyberthreats on the computers of KSN participants in Singapore. Around 12.8% of total users from Singapore were reportedly attacked by web-borne threats during Q2.

The report also found more than 2.1 million incidents on local computers, and that 33.6% of total computer users in the country were almost infected by local threats in Q2 alone.

Kaspersky defined web-based threats as malware programs that can target someone whilst using the Internet. These include browser-based threats such as a range of malicious software programmes designed to infect victims’ computers. On the other hand, local threats include worms and file viruses, with the data showing how frequently users are attacked by malware from removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other offline methods.

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