25 Apr 2010
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia is listed in the Asia Pacific and Japan top 10
countries for phishing and bot-infected computers, according to security
solutions firm Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR).
"Malaysia ranked fourth in Southeast Asia (SEA), behind Thailand,
Philippines, and Indonesia for hosting phishing websites in Asia Pacific
and Japan (APJ)," said Symantec Malaysia, principal consultant,
enterprise security, Paul Woo, who added that the study was in its
"In Malaysia, 86 per cent of the phishing website hosts target the
financial services industry (FSI)," said Woo. "The motive behind this
percentage is financial gain."
Woo said the report showed that cyber criminals continued to focus on
acquiring confidential information, which could then be sold at
lucrative prices in the underground economy.
"Cyber criminals now focus on single financial institutions, for
instance, and devise attack strategies specifically for the customers of
that institution," he said.
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