PH 5th most vulnerable target in the Asia-Pacific

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The Philippines ranks at the bottom of five Asia-Pacific countries targeted by advanced persistent threats, according to a study done by cybersecurity firm FireEye.

FireEye's latest study is based on research conducted during the first six months of 2014.

In Southeast Asia, one of the most vulnerable targets of information security are governments, who are targeted by attacks an estimated 13.5% times more often.

“The truth is some governments do not care, and they don't want to care. So [to help other people], we have to make our products better,” said FireEye communications director Dan Wire.

The study also revealed two of the most common malware viruses threatening the Asean region. The first is "Mirage," which is known to copy legal documents related to political affairs in the region. The second is the diabolical "hussarini," which has been actively attacking important data in Thailand and the Philippines.

In 2012, the Cybercrime Prevention Act or Republic Act No. 10175 was enacted into law and the Supreme Court of the Philippines declared most of its provisions constitutional in February 2014.

Asked about his suggestions to make the law more effective, Wire explained that there was no one law that can fix all problems.

“Similarly, there's no one software that can fix all computer security problems,” he added.


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