Philippines top cyber attack source, says Russian security firm

The Philippines has been tagged one of the world’s top sources of a dangerous kind of cyber “attack” designed to take down entire computer networks and shut down key consumer services.

The latest report by Russian Internet security firm Kaspersky Labs showed the Philippines ranking 13th on a list of 23 countries where “distributed denial of service” or DDOS attacks originated in 2011.

A DDOS attack makes a computer or network unavailable to its users by hackers in control of several devices. This is done by flooding a server with more network traffic than it can handle.

As a consequence, the server is prevented from carrying out its normal functions and, in some circumstances, crashes completely.

The Philippines was one of four Southeast Asian countries to make the list, the others being Malaysia which ranked 5th, Indonesia 18th and Vietnam 19th. Over 90 percent of all DDOS attacks came from the 23 countries on the list.

Some two percent of the attacks came from the Philippines, Kaspersky Labs analysts Maria Garnaeva and Yury Namestnikov said.

“DDOS attacks are used as an act of protest as well as a highly effective tool for exerting pressure on competitors,” Namestnikov said in a statement.

“It comes as no surprise therefore that online trade (online shops, auctions, message boards) was most frequently targeted,” he said.

Kaspersky said attacks were also conducted against businesses, including travel company websites. Unknown groups conducted these attacks during the summer season when travel was at its peak, as well as the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Last year, the number of DDOS attacks around the world rose by 57 percent. “This figure may increase in the coming months of 2012,” Namestnikov said.

In 2010, the Philippines was one of the top 20 countries around the world with the highest incidence of cyber crimes. Of the list of 20, six were from the Asia Pacific.  Paolo G. Montecillo

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  • valsore

    cyber criminals should be hanged

  • TagaMlang

    It is disgusting that our media is the one destroying the image of our country.  They exaggerate issues to attract attention.  In many instances, in their desire to convey the so called “headlines”, they don’t think of the consequences-what it can do to the country.

    Actually, this is the fault of news editors.  Other countries police their own media.  They do not allow news that tarnish the image of their country.


  • TulisangDagat

    15 years ng nag iinternet ang Lolo ko ngayon daw lang niya nabasa may Kaspersky pala ..tanong sa akin ano ba yung security treat?????

  • noypi_07

    ang nakakahiyang banner na ito ng inquirer is uncalled for, sabihin bang “TOP”considering 2% lang naman ang pinaguusapan?

    • batangpaslit

      naka dale ka Brod. sino kaya ang editor na nag approve ng banner na mali-mali pala
      you are good

    • pablosantino

      kaya nilagay top yung title, para maakit ka sa pagbasa nito..naloko ka lang pre ako ganun din..kasi pag top papasok sa isip mo no.1 agad.tsk tsk tsk

  • http://twitter.com/CeriseDavid Cerise David


    “Philippines Top Cyber Attack Source”


    “Philippines ranking 13 out of a list of 23 countries …”
    “2% of attacks come from the Philippines …”

    Parang SWS survey

    • batangpaslit

      manipulated ba?

  • kismaytami

    Another Kaspersky’s paid ad. Para lang bumenta. LOL!

  • californiaflip

    you’re right, virus problems are in proportion to number of computer users, press release lang ito ni kaspersky para makabenta ng antivirus sa virus na ikinatha ng mga bff nila. he he he

  • Andrew Penas

    13th out of 23 countries is on top for you?
    This news doesn’t depict pinoys as computer savvy. It’s more like we have a lot of computers unprotected and infected with bots. Most of these DDOS attacks are triggered collective attacks from unsuspecting computer users. Di mo alam, yung computer mo habang gamit mo e remotely activated at kasali na sa DDOS attack.

    • FernandoBusi

      All too true kasi pati mga anti virus na gamit ng mga tao pirated so malamang slave ng DDOS networks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greater-Clock/100003703927029 Greater Clock

    ha? then who’s number one?

    • teraytaray

      The Russians

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathrine-Mya/100003635639109 Kathrine Mya

    ddos attack is very bad 

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