Vietnam has the 2nd lowest number of mobile malware detections in South East Asia

11:13 AM 07/11/2019 Print

Some 53,097 mobile attack attempts were blocked in Việt Nam in the first nine months of the year. - Photo courtesy of Kaspersky

Kaspersky has also seen that 4.97% of Vietnamese Android users were secured from mobile malware during the same period.

Kaspersky’s data further reveals that the countries having the highest number of mobile malware detected in SEA are Indonesia and Malaysia with 632,451 attempts and 188,846 attempts, respectively.

It can be noted that according to Temasek’s e-Conomy SEA 2019 report, SEA is the region with the most engaged mobile Internet users in the world, in which Vietnam is emerging as the most digital of all economies in the region. Following this, cybercriminals are putting extra efforts in methods to distribute malware to users, especially mobile devices.

Data from Kaspersky also shows that Vietnam has the lowest number of installation packages for mobile banking Trojans blocked in the first three quarters of 2019 with 22 packages. Meanwhile Thailand has the highest number with 329 packages.

In terms of number of installation packages for mobile ransomware Trojans blocked by Kaspersky, Thailand has the lowest number (22 packages) and Indonesia has the highest number (161 packages).

Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky said: “While 2019 has two more months left, our latest statistics currently show a noticeable decrease in the number of Android malware attempts detected in Vietnam. The country is undoubtedly becoming more and more connected to the Internet with Vietnam’s 58 million Facebook users and 62 million Google accounts as of August 2019. With the efforts of the private and public sector, we see the decline in blocked Android attacks as a significant improvement on the country’s mobile threat landscape".

“We urge the Vietnamese users to continue their vigilance against Android threats, may it be mobile banking Trojan, ransomware, and more. With the BYOD being a trend embraced in the country, we also encourage businesses to pay attention on how their employees protect their devices, especially being used for corporate purposes,” adds Yeo.

Hoàng Linh