• Kaspersky warns of increased web attacks

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    A top official of Kaspersky Lab said on Thursday that about 43 percent of its customers were attacked while browsing the web daily, and about 12 percent came from the Philippines.

    “[About] 43 percent of Kaspersky customers have attacked by malware by surfing the Internet,” said Bryan Sat, business development manager of Kaspersky Lab Philippines.

    According to the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network, about 200,000 new malware samples emerge every day, compared to 125,000 just a year ago. Cybercriminals make millions of dollars by using malware, including sophisticated Trojans and phishing scams that hijack online bank accounts and social networking profiles.

    In line with this, Kaspersky Lab released the latest version of its award-winning security solutions for home computer users.

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 boast enhancements to existing protection technologies.

    “Technology changes so fast and so the environment changes so fast,” said Jimmy Fong, channel sales director of Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.

    The company said that these new flagship customer products also bring a host of brand-new features to ensure the highest levels of security for users’ personal computers and their digital valuables.

    Based from the data reported by the Kaspersky Security Network, at least 7.5 million Kaspersky Lab customers worldwide were targeted by phishing attacks between April 2012 and May 2013.

    Kaspersky said that these scams, commonly sent through carefully crafted email designed to appear legitimate, attempted to steal online banking credentials and other critical financial details.

    However, since the Kaspersky Security Network only tracks Kaspersky Lab customers, the total number of Internet users worldwide who were targeted by phishing attacks is likely in the hundreds of millions.

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