Report: Asian countries are the most vulnerable to malware

Asian countries, especially emerging ones, are most exposed to malicious programs. Of the top locations across the globe most at risk of malware infection in the first quarter of 2017, most of them are developing economies in this region, according to  Microsoft’s bi-annual Security Intelligence Report (SIR).

The report found that Bangladesh and Pakistan have the highest malware encounter rates around the world. This is followed by two ASEAN nations – namely Cambodia and Indonesia. Approximately one in four computers running Microsoft real-time security products in these countries reported a malware encounter from January to March 2017.

Other top areas facing malware threats include Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, each with an average malware encounter rate of more than 20 percent in the first quarter of 2017. This is more than double the global average of nine percent.

On the other hand, markets with higher levels of IT maturity, namely Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, performed better than the worldwide average. In fact, Japan has been ranked the safest country in the world, with only two percent of its computers reporting a malicious program incident.

Malware Encounter Rates for Markets in Asia in Q1 2017 (from highest to lowest):

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Pakistan
  3. Cambodia
  4. Indonesia
  5. Mongolia
  6. Myanmar
  7. Vietnam                   
  8. Nepal
  9. Thailand
  10.  Philippines
  11.  Sri Lanka
  12.  China
  13.  India
  14.  Malaysia                     
  15.  Taiwan
  16.  Korea
  17.  Hong Kong
  18.  Singapore
  19.  Australia
  20.  New Zealand
  21.  Japan