PH Kaspersky users experience over 50 million web threat attempts in 2021

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The number increases from 44.4 million in 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Kaspersky revealed that it blocked more than 50 million web threat attempts in 2021 in the Philippines, an increase from the 44.4 million web threats detected in 2020.

The number of web threats detected by the company in the Philippines has increased over the past 5 years, with the exception of a drop in 2019. Here is a brief overview:

  • 2017 – 9,487,775
  • 2018 – 31,887,231
  • 2019 – 27,899,906
  • 2020 – 44,420,695
  • 2021 – 50,544,908

From 2017 to 2021, the number of threats increased by 433%. The sharp increase from 2019 to 2020 could be attributed to the pandemic, with people relying more on digital devices and the internet. The trend continued in 2021.

“In a nutshell, this means that Filipinos who were mostly stuck at home surfing, working, banking or studying via the web for the entire second year of the pandemic were more exposed to other dangers of the Internet,” Kaspersky said in a press release.

While 50 million attacks already sounds huge, the real number is likely higher because these numbers only reflect those of a single cybersecurity vendor, using data from volunteer users of Kaspersky products around the world.

The company also provided a ranking of countries in terms of the percentage of Kaspersky users attacked by web threats, where the Philippines ranked 4th:

Figure showing that 51.2% of Kaspersky Filipino users are targeted by web threats in 2021

“All along [the pandemic] So far as we recover and adapt to the new normal, we have seen relentless activity from cybercriminals who have honed their skills. Unfortunately, this means that people will be more vulnerable to cyber intrusion. We can’t stop using the internet, so we really encourage Filipinos to be extra careful and make a habit of practicing cyber hygiene. These basic habits remain the same and include regularly scanning devices for viruses, changing passwords, updating apps, software and operating systems, and wiping your hard drive” , explains Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky. – Rappler.com

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