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Cybersecurity: More than 5 million attacks detected in Morocco at the end of June 2019

The number of malware-related incidents downloaded from the Internet in Morocco reached between April and June 2019, more than 5.06 million, according to Kaspersky’s quarterly bulletin on cyber security in Morocco.

A total of 30.7 percent of “Kaspersky Security Network” users were killed during this period of Web-based threats, the report notes, noting that Morocco ranks 34th in the world of threat-affected countries related to web browsing.

The countries with the highest percentage of users attacked by Web-based threats during this period are Algeria (44.1%), Nepal (43%) and Albania (40.1%).

For Pascal Naudin, director of Kaspersky’s BtoB sales in North Africa, the “conclusions for the second quarter of 2019 prompt us to once again recommend raising awareness among Moroccans, to inform them about the key role of IT security”.

He added that “the majority of threats can be addressed through simple reflexes and good actions to adopt”.

360° threats

In addition, Kaspersky draws attention to the high frequency of attacks related to local threats, worms and viruses representing the majority of detected incidents, noting that the phenomenon illustrates the proliferation of attacks by malware distributed via USB sticks, CDs, DVDs and other “offline” methods.

Thus, 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. In total, 52.9% of users were victims of local threats between April and June, which places Morocco in 61st place worldwide.

According to Kaspersky, 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 a control on the devices.

It points out that the countries with the highest percentage of users attacked by local threats during this period are Afghanistan (71.3%), Tajikistan (69.1%) and Uzbekistan (68.8%).

The same source explains, on the other hand, that when a Kaspersky customer is the victim of an online threat, the source of this threat is automatically recorded, adding that based on these data, the proportion of incidents caused by servers hosted in Morocco was 0.01% worldwide for the second quarter of 2019.

“This represents 44,293 incidents between April and June, placing Morocco in 51st place worldwide, far behind the top 3 composed of the United States (54.51%), the Netherlands (22.44%) and the Germany (4.04%),” says the report.

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