In 2009, the Philippines was listed in the top 10 countries in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) in 5 areas including malicious activity, Web-based attacks, bot-infected computers, phishing URLs, and originating spam.

Malicious activity trends

The Philippines ranked 10th in malicious activities in APJ, maintaining its rank from 2008. In South East Asia, Philippines ranked 4th, behind Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Web-based attack trends

The Philippines was ranked the 6th country in APJ for Web-based attacks by origin. In SEA, Philippines is the top country, ahead of Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore.

Web-based attacks are often launched from computers other than the one the user is visiting through redirection or malicious ads. Computers hosting these attacks can affect users regardless of their location and the location of the websites they visit.

Bot-infected computer trends

The Philippines maintained its ranking for bot-infected computers at No. 10 in APJ and No. 4 in SEA, in both 2008 and 2009. Bots are covertly installed on a computer to allow hackers to remotely control the machine for a wide variety of malicious purposes such as data breaches and information and identity theft. The number of new users adopting broadband in a country may be a significant factor in the rate of bot infections. Users need to adopt best practices and be extra vigilant about their security practices when online.††

Phishing trends

The Philippines ranked 8th for hosting the most phishing URLs in APJ. In SEA, Philippines is ranked 2nd, behind Thailand.

The top target sector for Philippines in 2009 was the financial services sector with 92% of phishing URLs detected in the country spoofing financial-services industry (FSI) brands. Attackers were targeting confidential information, especially bank account credentials and credit-card information. Such data are highly sourced for and sold at lucrative prices in the underground economy.

Spam trends

The Philippines ranked in the 10th position for spam origin in APJ, and ranked 4th in SEA.

The most common type of spam detected in 2009 was related to Internet-related goods and services such as online degrees, which made up 29% of all detected spam. 88% of all email traffic observed by Symantec was spam, which means only 12% of email was legitimate. Botnets were responsible for approximately 85% of all spam.


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