MANILA, April 29, 2015 — The Philippines government, financial institutions and other organizations in the country could be the next victims of similar online attacks that plagued banks across Europe and other countries in recent, revealed cyber space security experts.
44 percent of online users in the Philippines are attacked by at least 13 advanced malwares, Vicente Diaz, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab told participants at a media event at Escape Hunt Manila on April 20.
47th ‘most infected’
The country ranked as the 47th most-infected in the world.
Naikon, a group of cyber spies, is attacking countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.
“Naikon’s campaign is affecting the Philippines… Naikon has been very active for years in Southeast Asia,” Diaz noted.
He cautioned local organizations to tighten cyber security measures.
According to Diaz, the group pilfers valuable data from top government agencies, like the Office of the President, National Security Council, Armed Forces, intelligence bureau, and national police.
Cyber spies are interested in the foreign policy of a particular country and in organizations that get contracts for large-scale projects, he said.
In 2014, Kaspersky Lab caught a man on video taking bills from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of a Ukraine bank without even touching the machine. The ATM was emptied.
Diaz said an investigation was conducted, but no malware was found in the machine’s software, a computer connected to it, however, was found infected with a virus.
Cyber species’ dirty tactics
In the same year, a Russian bank’s machine was found to be sending data to an outsider server, Diaz said.
A malware was also the culprit, the same one as in the Ukraine case.
The attackers can steal data from and spy on government organizations, firms, and financial institutions by installing the malware in their computers, he explained.
The Carbanak cybergang stole $1 billion from banks worldwide in two years by infecting data through an attachment, gathering intelligence by intercepting clerks’ screens, and impersonating the staff. (Oliver Samson/CBCPNews)