MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is the most exposed country among ASEAN nations to threats of cyber attacks, according to a report by US network security firm FireEye Inc.
FireEye Inc. said the country ranked highest on its list of advanced persistent threat in ASEAN countries, seeing more threat activity than Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
Advanced persistent threats (APT) are defined as cyber attacks that usually target business or political networks.
FireEye said these threats in the Philippines were seen “with significant peaks in the first six months of this year.”
FireEye’s study, called Advanced Threat Report, also revealed that Malware families Hussarini and Page were particularly active in the Philippines.
The whole ASEAN region was also seen as more frequently attacked by various advanced persistent threat actors than the global average.
The study showed that based on industries, the most targeted by APT attacks in 2013 were services, consulting, and value added reselling (19.8 percent) usually provided by business process outsourcing firms.
Also frequently targeted are government sites (13.5 percent); high-tech (13 percent); entertainment/media/hospitality (10.2 percent); and telecom (9.2 percent).