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A Microsoft study shows that Indonesia has been severely affected by malware attacks

June 30, 2020

Microsoft research shows that Indonesia had the highest rate of malware attacks in all of Asia Pacific in 2019. They conclude that this indicates an increase in cryptojacking and ransomware attacks.

The report shows that the region continues to experience an “above average” rate of ransomware and other malware attacks that is 1.6 and 1.7 times higher than the rest of the world.

Ransomware and cryptojacking attacks are increasing in Indonesia

Indonesia had 10.68% of malware attacks in 2019. Although this represents a 39% decrease, the numbers are still twice the regional average, Microsoft says.

A Microsoft study shows that Indonesia has been severely affected by malware attacksA Microsoft study shows that Indonesia has been severely affected by malware attacks

As far as ransomware attacks are concerned, Indonesia now ranks second in terms of frequencywith 14%. This is 2.8 times the average registered in other countries in the region.

Cryptojacking cases were 10% in 2019, twice the regional and even global average. They had the highest frequency rate in the entire Asia-Pacific region and ranked fourth in the world.

Haris Izmee, CEO of Microsoft Indonesia, commented:

“While the recent fluctuations in cryptocurrency values ​​and increasing generation times have led attackers to redirect their efforts, they continue to attack markets with low cyber awareness and acceptance of cyber hygiene practices.”

Increase in cyber attacks related to COVID-19

Microsoft Intelligence Protection investigators expressed concern about the Attacks caused by COVID-19 increase In all countries in the world. You notice that There was at least one incident per countryand that the number of successful attacks in high-risk countries is increasing.

Most corona virus-themed cyberattacks are carried out through attachments or malicious email URLs. Hackers generally pose as global units with key roles in the pandemic, like the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Health.

Cointelegraph recently reported that the number of cryptojacking attack attempts increased significantly in Singapore in the first quarter of 2020.