Friday, May 12, 2023

PLDT, Smart caution internet users against embedded malwares

PLDT and Smart urge internet users to protect themselves against malware embedded in legitimate websites. PLDT and Smart’s Cyber Security Operations Group (CSOG) says that even without the user’s knowledge, these malicious codes can initiate the download of harmful files in a ‘drive-by download’ attack.

“Once downloaded, these malwares exploit the vulnerabilities of your device, allowing cybercriminals to steal your personal data, create disruptions, or take control of your credentials,” warned Angel Redoble, FVP and Chief Information Security Officer of PLDT and Smart.


These malicious files can lurk in websites without detection. Users can trigger the attack by simply visiting the site. Outdated applications or software are especially vulnerable to drive-by downloads.


To protect yourself against stealthy attacks, CSOG suggests doing the following actions to secure your devices:


1. Regularly update your web browser and operating systems to ensure your device runs the latest security patches.


2. Uninstall and delete applications you are not using to prevent them from being exploited by malware.


3. Carefully read and review security pop-ups before clicking them.


4. It’s best to use an administrator account when installing programs in your computers.


5. Keep your antivirus up to date.


PLDT and Smart have been ramping up efforts to protect customers from cyber-attacks. In March alone, PLDT and Smart blocked over 1.7 billion attempts to open malicious domains. CSOG has also thwarted more than 1.2 billion cyber-attacks and data breaches against its network and assets in the same time frame.


The PLDT Group’s information drives that help develop a culture of cybersecurity are part of its broader mission of elevating the quality of customer experience by protecting them from falling victim to cyberattacks and threats.

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