Kaspersky says cybercriminals are still eyeing Indonesia

Merdeka.com – Kaspersky’s report for the first quarter of 2021 shows that as many as 25.7% of computer users in Indonesia were almost exposed to web-based attacks, and more than a third (38.3%) were targeted by local threats.

The quarterly threat review draws on data from the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), a complex distributed infrastructure dedicated to processing cybersecurity-related data streams from millions of volunteer participants worldwide.

In the period January-March 2021, Kaspersky products detected and blocked 9,639,740 different cyber threats transmitted through the Internet on computers of KSN users in Indonesia.

Overall, 25.8% of users were targeted by threats transmitted over the web during this period. This puts Indonesia in 56th position in the world in terms of – the dangers that arise while surfing the web.

“This is also a 20% increase over the same period last year with 8,026,877 threats detected in the country,” the report said.

The most commonly used method for web threats can be done in several ways, firstly, exploiting vulnerabilities in browsers and their plugins (drive-by download). Infection in this type of attack occurs while visiting an infected website, without any intervention from the user and without their knowledge.

And second, using the simplest and still effective method, social engineering, where users have to download malicious files onto their computers. This will involve the psychological side of users and cybercriminals play a role in making victims believe that they are downloading legitimate program files.

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