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Android Users In The Philippines At High Risk Of Being Hacked

ANDROID USERS – Recently, android users in the Philippines are currently at a high risk of possibly getting hacked.

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According to Manila Bulletin, the Philippines is ranked third place among the countries in South East Asia with the highest Android mobile malware attempts discovered and blocked by a mobile cybersecurity solutions company.

The ranking is cited from a data that was colleced by Kaspersky from January up to September 2019. The top 2 countries with higher malware attempts detected and blocked are Indonesia and Malaysia.

According to security experts of Kaspersky, 98% of malware for mobile are made for the operating systems of Android phones, which are popular nowadays in the Philippines.

Thus, it would mean that Android mobile phone users who use banking and shopping apps are at risk of possibly downloading malware without them knowing about it.

Data from Kaspersky also shows that in 2018, there are 30 attempts in the country in the last nine months to install ransomware to Android devices.

Based on the report, a ransomware is a type of malware that steals data from the intended victims and demands ransom in exchange for stolen info.

“Usually a ransomware gets into an Android device when its user opens a malicious attachment, clicks on a suspicious link, installs apps from third-party app stores or clicks on an ad even on a legitimate website”

Kaspersky has detected banking and ransomware Trojans that are dominant in South East Asia. Banking Trojans rob money from mobile users’ bank accounts via the links to the user’s bank cards and apps

“We can see that attempts to infect Kaspersky mobile users year on year is quite going down in SEA and we attribute that to the growing awareness of the public about protecting their mobile data. The Philippines is hands-down an Android country and combined with the Filipinos’ very strong interest in digital activities, we understand why at number three overall in the region, Filipino Android users remain to be among cybercriminals’ targets,”

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