Having antivirus software is not enough, says expert, urging Malaysians to constantly update all software.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia ranks fifth in volume of malware detected among countries in the Asia Pacific region, a new study says.
Although Malaysia ranks in the top 20 globally in terms of total malware detections, it performs the best among the emerging countries with a malware detection rate that is two to three times lower.
According to the Asia Pacific State of Malware report 2017, emerging markets in Asia Pacific such as Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia are more likely to be harmed by malware infections than others.
The study – which examined the top malware threats present in the region – was undertaken by cybersecurity company Malwarebytes. The study examined data from more than one billion malware detections/incidences in over 200 countries.
The study showed that botnets and Android malware were a prominent threat to Malaysia, according to a report in digitalnewsasia.
Malaysia ranks 10th in global botnet incidences, with Asia-Pacific as a whole accounting for more than 50% of botnet incidences globally.
Furthermore, Malaysia is seeing a high number of Android malware and ranks 12th globally under this category.
Meanwhile, The Sun daily quoted Malwarebytes Asia-Pacific area vice-president and managing director Jeff Hurmuses as saying that while its findings showed that emerging markets in Asia were generally more vulnerable to malware, Malaysia was performing well in fighting against malware.
He advised local businesses and consumers to make sure their computers were using updated software to protect them against cyber threats.
“Most of the people in Asia Pacific think that with having antivirus (software), they are already protected. The style of (cyber) attack has changed dramatically, and that is not enough anymore,” The Sun quoted Hurmuses as saying.
“You need to stay up-to-date with your software, do not click on malicious ads and pop-ups, and make sure that you are using the right kind of protection,” he added.
Malware is a software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems. Malware covered in the study include banking trojans, ransomware, botnets, ad fraud, adware, and android malware.
The report said that Malaysia was relatively safe from ad fraud, adware, and ransomware.