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Updates! Current Cyber Threats

Indonesia is one of the main targets of cyber threats. How come? As of 2024, the internet user base in this country will continue to grow to 221 million. What are the latest cyber threat trends that are currently emerging in Indonesia? What are the important steps that can be used to effectively mitigate this threat?

PHISHING

Among the various tactics used by cybercriminals, phishing is still a frequently encountered threat. This malicious method involves spreading deceptive emails or messages containing malicious links. The link, if clicked by the victim, could contain malware or an invitation for the victim to divulge sensitive information.

The National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) report revealed that phishing incidents in Indonesia increased by 70% compared to 2023. This increase is worrying so there needs to be increased vigilance and strong cyber security protocols among internet users.

DDoS ATTACK

Another cyber threat that is quite complicated is Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks disrupt the normal functioning of websites and online services by flooding them with fake or large amounts of internet traffic. This attack makes the website inaccessible to genuine users.

BSSN found a 40% increase in DDoS attacks targeting national critical infrastructure. To prevent DDoS, the IT team can use traffic restriction methods, cloud-based protection, implement an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), implement a Content Delivery Network (CDN), and use Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs).

RANSOMWARE

This dangerous ransomware malware threatens and poses a big risk to businesses and institutions throughout Indonesia. Ransomware encrypts the victim’s files, holding them hostage until a ransom is paid. This malware often causes major financial losses and operational disruptions.

A 50% spike in ransomware attacks was reported by BSSN. This increase in cyber threats means that everyone needs to protect themselves. Some ways to prevent this include never clicking on suspicious links, avoiding disclosing personal information, not opening suspicious email attachments, not using unknown Flash disks, always updating programs and operating systems, using only known download sources, and using VPN services in public Wi-Fi network.

MOBILE DEVICE ATTACKS

In an era dominated by mobile technology, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting smartphones. SMS fraud, malicious apps, and malware are just a few of criminals’ many tactics for stealing data, breaking into accounts, and other criminal acts.

BIOMETRIC DEEPFAKE

The emergence of deepfake technology presents new threats in the cyber world, especially those related to biometric security systems. Leveraging advanced artificial intelligence (AI), deepfake algorithms produce highly convincing fake photos and audio, allowing fraudsters to bypass biometric authentication steps with great ease. This dangerous trend undermines the integrity of the identity verification process, requiring innovative countermeasures and robust data security solutions.

To prevent Biometric Spoofing, IT teams can implement Biometric detection which involves deepfake voice and photo detection. Of course, this detection implementation leverages superior machine learning models, which integrate signal processing and anomaly detection techniques to distinguish sample authenticity.

Proactive steps and innovative solutions are critical in keeping the risk of cyber threats at bay as they continue to grow. Collaboration, leveraging advanced technology, and prioritizing cybersecurity awareness and education can strengthen the digital resilience of individuals, agencies, and companies to face relentless cyber adversaries.

Collaborate on network and internet service management with Hypernet, a trusted Managed Service Provider Solution in Indonesia. Together, let’s start the journey towards a safer and more secure digital future. Contact CS for more information.

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