On 22 January, a news release from Interpol advised that a report has highlighted the key cybercrime trends and threats confronting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.  The ASEAN Cyberthreat Assessment 2021 report outlines how cybercrime’s upward trend is set to rise exponentially, with highly organised cybercriminals sharing resources and expertise to their advantage.  Interpol has identified the region’s top cyberthreats:

  • Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) campaigns continue to top the chart with businesses suffering major losses, as it is a high-return investment with low cost and risk;
  • Phishing – cybercriminals are exploiting the widespread use of global communications on information related to COVID-19 to deceive unsuspecting victims;
  • Ransomware – cybercrime targeting hospitals, medical centres and public institutions for ransomware attacks has increased rapidly as cybercriminals believe they have a higher chance of success given the medical crisis in many countries;
  • E-commerce data interception poses an emerging and imminent threat to online shoppers, undermining trust in online payment systems;
  • Crimeware-as-a-Service puts cybercriminal tools and services in the hands of a wider range of threat actors – even non-technical ones, to the extent that anyone can become a cybercriminal with minimal ‘investment’;
  • Cyber Scams – with the increase of online transactions and more people working from home, cybercriminals have revised their online scams and phishing schemes, even impersonating government and health authorities to lure victims into providing their personal information and downloading malicious content; and
  • Cryptojackingcontinues to be on the radar of cybercriminals as the value of cryptocurrencies increases.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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