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More Advanced Cyberattacks on Key Industries in 2017: Kaspersky


JANUARY 25, 2017

Jakarta. Due to technological advancement, viruses and malicious software, or malware, has become increasingly complex to tackle, Global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said in Jakarta on Tuesday (24/01).

"This year we expect more advanced and persistent threats, 'next gen' threats unlike the traditional kind of malware," Dony Koesmandarin, Kaspersky Indonesia territory channel manager, said.

In 2017, Kaspersky predicts that there will be more memory-resident malware gaining foothold and being used to collect data and note users' habits.

"This is a hidden malware which monitors data and reads the habits of users, which people can use for data exploitation," Dony explained.

Based on the company's 2016 observations, Kaspersky believes that hackers will become more aggressive and "open," especially vigilante hackers.

Last year, sabotage hacking was on the rise, with the finance industry becoming one of the main targets.

This year, however, industrial sectors are most at risk.

"Industries like water and electricity are most at risk, and hackers usually get away with it because of the time and effort in fixing the problem," Dony said.

Dony revealed that most of the hacking was done through the industries' own corporate networks and via remote access.

With more and more open source phones on the market in Indonesia, Dony implored consumers to be responsible and make smart decisions when downloading apps.

"Open source devices may be more economical, but they are also easier to hack. Credible developers are out there, so always keep that in mind when downloading new apps," Dony said.

In 2016, more than half of the attacks were aimed at e-commerce-related websites which made their system stop working.

The government is in the process of establishing a National Cyber Agency, or Basinas, to counter cybercrime.