In addition to antivirus software, protection against cyberattacks requires also a firewall, and an anti-rootkit feature (a hidden process that changes the behavior of the operating system or even its kernel).
Rabat – Kaspersky, an anti-virus provider, has ranked Morocco 34th in the list of countries with the most detected cyber threats.
Between April and June 2019, a total of more than 5.06 million internet users in Morocco were victims of cyberattacks, mainly malware attacks. Malware attacks execute unauthorized actions on the victim’s system.
Kaspersky said in its quarterly bulletin on cybersecurity in Morocco, that around 30.7% of “Kaspersky Security Network” users were victims of web-based threats.
Countries with the highest cybersecurity threats during the same period were Algeria with 44.1%, Nepal with 43%, and Albania with 40.1%.
The director of Kaspersky’s BtoB sales in North Africa, Pascal Naudin, said that “the majority of threats can be addressed through simple reflexes and good actions to adopt.”
In the second quarter of 2019, Kaspersky’s solutions detected more than 15,166 malware incidents locally on computers using Kaspersky Security Network in Morocco. The malware incidents were distributed via USB sticks, CDs, DVDs, and other “offline” methods
In total, 52.9% of users were victims of local threats between April and June, placing Morocco 61st worldwide.
The report, Kaspersky explains that protection against such attacks requires not only an antivirus solution that can handle infected objects, but also a firewall, an anti-rootkit feature (a hidden process that changes the behavior of the operating system or even its kernel) and control on the devices.
During the same period, the highest local threats were recorded in Afghanistan (71.3%), Tadjikistan (69.1%), and Uzbekistan (68.8%).
The antivirus company further explained that when a Kaspersky customer is a victim of an online threat, the source of the threat is automatically saved.
Based on these data, the proportion of incidents caused by servers hosted in Morocco was 0.01% worldwide for the second quarter of 2019, it added.
“This represents 44,293 incidents between April and June, placing Morocco 51st worldwide, far behind the top 3: the United States (54,51%), the Netherlands (22,44%) and Germany (4.04%),“ says the report.