The Philippines Was the Second Most-Attacked Country By Cyber Threats in 2022

Drive-by downloads and social engineering were attackers' favorite methods.

We have to be even more vigilant than ever with our devices these days. The Philippines, apparently, ranked second worldwide in terms of cyber threats last year, according to global cyber security Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).

“We have seen how adversity, such as the pandemic, hastened the digital transformation among local businesses and customers alike," explained Kaspersky Managing Director for Asia Pacific Chris Connell. "In the same vein, cybercriminals saw it as an opportunity to take advantage of the cybersecurity weaknesses of those jumping on the digital wave."


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KSN compiled data from web threats from January to December 2022. It combed through all the incident reports detected and blocked by Kaspersky products from their Filipino customers. With it, the network found that the Philippines went from fourth place the year prior to second by the end of last year.

The Philippines, netting a score of 49.8 percent, sits only behind Mongolia, with 51.1 percent, in terms of the most-attacked countries in the world by web threats. Rounding out the list is Ukraine, Greece, and Belarus. Meanwhile, for local malware spread through flash drives and the like, the Philippines ranked 72nd.

Drive-by downloads and social engineering are among the most-used attack methods by cyber attackers. The former happens when a user visits a website and downloads code unintentionally while the latter ensues when a user downloads malware from what is perceived as a legitimate program.


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