Beware of data theft via cellphones, Filipinos said

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has warned Filipinos about malware infecting their mobile devices, which can lead to stored data being stolen or deleted.

In a statement, the Russian company said malware detected in the country was disguised as legitimate files, but could “steal private data” and “spy on users”.

“These types of mobile malware enter computers through infected email attachments, manipulated text messages, or fake websites and can read passwords, log keystrokes, or hijack the entire computer,” a- he added.

Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, explained that hybrid remote work has made companies vulnerable to such cyberattacks, as employees access work-related emails through their mobile devices. personal.

Generic Trojans were among the types of mobile malware discovered by Kaspersky in the country during the first half of the year.

“Besides stealing your data, Trojans can perform a range of other functions, such as deleting, blocking, modifying or copying data, or disrupting the performance of computers or computer networks”, he explained.


Kaspersky has also identified SMS Flooder, which is malware designed to flood text messaging channels with spam.

“It shows that no matter what type of device we use, cybercriminals can infect our smartphones, steal all the data and money on them, and even access or even delete our messages, emails, photos private and more,” Yeo said.

“It can be avoided if we do the basic act of installing legitimate security solutions in our smartphones,” he added.

Recently, Kaspersky reported blocking more than 238,000 phishing emails targeting online payment systems in the Philippines, around 35% of total cyberattacks in Southeast Asia.

The country as such was the most vulnerable in this category, followed by Vietnam with 170,821 phishing emails foiled; Indonesia, 166,857; Thailand, 39,011; Singapore, 30,442; and Malaysia, 27,458.

For phishing attacks against e-stores, the Philippines recorded 92,211, the third highest in the region after Indonesia (169,326) and Vietnam (167,744).

Cyberattacks filed against banks in the Philippines reached 13,200 in the first half, which was among the lowest in the region. Vietnam had the most with 56,392 phishing emails.

Phishing is fraudulent activity that tricks users into disclosing personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, and bank details, through malicious links delivered via email and other fashions. Once these details are illegally obtained by hackers then they can drain his bank account.

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