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PH is world’s No. 10 target of cyber attacks – FBI

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Philippines is the most attacked country in cyberspace in Southeast Asia and number 10th in the world.

Data from the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) showed that the Philippines is the 10th most attacked country worldwide on the internet.

The list enumerated Canada as the most attacked, followed by India, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan, and the Philippines.

The next ten most vulnerable countries are attacked were Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria, and New Zealand.

Digital technology expert Reynaldo Lugtu said Filipinos were not “quite not prepared” for cyber security threats, as the country ranked 37th out of 193 countries in the recent global security index report on cyber security preparedness

Lugtu said the behavior of Filipinos makes them very vulnerable to online attacks because many of them were unaware of the threats in cyberspace.

“In the legal aspect, we are ahead of other countries because we have already passed the Data Privacy Act, the E-Commerce Law, and the Anti-Wiretapping Law. However, we are low in the cultural aspect because we are not well-informed of the dangers lurking online, so that we easily open emails or click links without knowing the risks,” Lugtu explained. (PNA)