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The Highest Case of Indonesian Malware in the Asia Pacific

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INILAH, Jakarta – Microsoft found cases of malware and ransomware in the cyberspace in Indonesia throughout 2019 are still high, even higher than the average case in the Asia Pacific region.

“Often, high malware cases correlate with overall cyber piracy and security, which includes patching and periodic software updates,” said Haris Izmee, President Director of Microsoft Indonesia, in its official statement.

The findings are based on the 2019 Security Endpoint Threat Report research that malware cases in Indonesia are highest in the Asia Pacific region. Indonesia has a 10.68 percent rate of malware cases recorded in 2019.

The condition is two times higher than the regional average, even though it has decreased 39 percent in 2019.

While the case of Indonesian ransomware in 2019 occupies the second highest position in the Asia Pacific region, amounting to 0.14 percent or 2.8 times higher than the regional average.

Last year’s ransomware case also dropped by 46 percent compared to 2018.

Haris said that countries that have higher piracy rates and lower cyber security knowledge tend to be more affected by cyber threats.

Indonesia also experienced a case of cryptomining, which is as high as 0.10 percent. The case is twice the regional average.

“With the current fluctuations in the value of cryptocurrency and increasing time needed to make digital money, criminals are refocusing their efforts to continue to exploit markets that have low awareness and adoption of cyber security practices,” Haris said.

Regarding the latest cyber security, Microsoft sees that the corona virus pandemic is also causing attacks in cyberspace. The Microsoft Intelligence Protection Team found that every country had at least one COVID-19-themed attack.

The attack is actually an old way, however, cybercriminals changed it a bit with the theme COVID-19. They attack by sending malware, phishing and ransomware that contains the word COVID-19.

Microsoft recommends reducing cyber attacks, both individual users and companies need to use legitimate software, patching software, and make sure the software is always updated. (here’s.com)

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