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Malware affects some 63% of PCs in Indonesia

Publication Date : 20-03-2014


Microsoft Indonesia, the local arm of the software giant Microsoft Corp., reported on Wednesday that nearly 63 per cent of all personal computers or PCs in the country had been infected with malicious software, commonly known as malware.

The percentage was higher than the global figure of 61 per cent, according to Microsoft Indonesia's legal affairs director, Reza Topobroto.

Microsoft’s report is based on a research conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the International Data Center (IDC), which studied the links between pirated software and cyber security.

The research involved 1,700 respondents from 15 countries, including Indonesia.

Besides erasing data, files and personal information, malware was created by criminals in a bid to steal sensitive data from businesses and other institutions by pirating emails, social networking sites and bank accounts, Reza said.

About 43 per cent of the respondents did not realise that their personal computers had been attacked by malware, he added.

“Many people don’t know that malware attacks their PCs. They also don’t know that malware cannot be removed entirely from an infected PC,” Reza said.

“Malware is totally different from viruses, which can easily be deleted through reinstalling the operating system. Malware can be eradicated for a while, but it will soon return.”

According to Reza, the scale of the malware problem arose from the people’s tendency to install pirated rather than licensed software into their PCs due to the lower cost, but were unaware that much pirated software contained malware.

“Around 63 per cent of personal computer owners in Indonesia install pirated software,” said Reza.

He suggested that PC owners, as well as companies, should buy software from trusted vendors and avoid pirated software that could contain malware.

“Pirated software that contains malware makes businesses vulnerable to data breaches,” he said.

Microsoft launched in November 2013 the Microsoft Cybercrime Center to help people save data safely and fight cybercrime, said Reza.


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