Last year, e-mail attacks were the most favoured choice for a wide range of cyber attacks in the country.
Citing the 2016 cyber attack trend issued by Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report Volume 22, Systems Engineering Malaysia director David Rajoo said the latest findings showed that one out of 131 e-mail messages sent to users contained a malicious link or attachment.
“The latest statistics indicated that the rate of malicious e-mail had increased by four times within a year.
“Last year, one out of 131 e-mail messages were malicious compared to one out of 437 e-mail messages in 2015,” he told a media briefing entitled “Threat Landscape: Living off the Land Working with Ubiquitous Tools” here.
Also present was CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Amirudin Abdul Wahab.
Rajoo said most of the attacks used simple deception to coax victims into opening attachments, following links or disclosing their credentials.
“There was also a case of spear phishing e-mail such as spoofed e-mail instructing targets to reset their Gmail password,” he said.
As such e-mail attacks were expected to rise in the next few years, he advised Internet users to be extra vigilant by removing any suspicious e-mail they received, especially if it contained links or attachments.
“Constantly changing e-mail passwords every two months is also one of the safest ways to prevent such attacks,” Rajoo added.
Meanwhile, Amirudin said they had recorded 1,331,333 spam e-mail messages received by Internet users.
He described the recent statistics as “alarming” as it could pose a threat to Internet users, including the risk of losing personal information.
“The public needs to understand and adopt best practices to counter this threat.
“They should be extremely wary by not clicking any unknown e-mail, apart from keeping their operating system and software up-to-date,” he said. — Bernam