PLDT, Smart warn internet users against embedded malware

PLDT, a network provider, and Smart Communications (Smart), its wireless subsidiary, remind internet users to continue to take caution against malicious software (malware) embedded in websites.

Embedded malware, which can be installed even on legitimate websites, can infect internet users’ computers. 

PLDT and Smart’s Cyber Security Operations Group (CSOG) explained that these malicious codes can initiate the download of harmful files in a “drive-by download” attack (or the unintentional download of malicious code to your computer or mobile device.)

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“Once downloaded, these malware programs exploit the vulnerabilities of your device, allowing cybercriminals to steal your personal data, create disruptions, or take control of your credentials,” said Angel Redoble, FVP and chief information security officer of PLDT and Smart.

These malicious files can dwell undetected on websites for a long period. 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 Outdated applications or software are especially vulnerable to drive-by downloads.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:

  • Regularly update your web browser and operating systems to ensure that your device is running the latest security patches.
  • Uninstall and delete applications you are not using to prevent them from being exploited by malware.
  • Carefully read and review security pop-ups before clicking them.
  • It’s best to use an administrator account when installing programs in your computers.
  • 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 more than 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.

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