Thailand’s cyber crime ranking in the Asia Pacific region has grown due to a spike in the country’s online population, according to a new Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.
According to Nopchai Tangtritham, senior technical consultant at Symantec Thailand, the report showed Thailand ranked 21 in global malicious activities in 2009 and shifted its rank in the Asia Pacific region to sixth place, compared to the previous year when it placed seventh.
From a broader perspective, cyber crime is affecting developing countries with an emerging broadband infrastructure, such as Brazil, India, Poland, Vietnam and Russia. Last year, these countries moved up the rankings as both sources and targets by cyber criminals. The report suggests government crackdowns in developed countries have led cyber criminals to launch their attacks from the developing world, where there is a smaller risk of getting prosecuted.
The report also noted a substantial increase of malware. Symantec identified more than 240 million distinct new malicious programs, representing a 100 percent increase since 2008. While the Sality.AE virus, the Brisv Trojan and the SillyFDC worm were the threats most frequently blocked by Symantec security software in 2009, Downadup (Conficker) is still a prevalent threat. Estimates say Downadup had infected 6.5 million PCs worldwide at the end of last year.