Tech Desk : dhakamirror.com
Bangladesh tops the list of nations vulnerable to ransomware Trojan attacks, according to a recent Kaspersky survey.
At a press conference on Monday, Tarique M. Barkatullah, project director of the Bangladesh Government’s e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-GOV CIRT) and director (operations) of Digital Security Agency,
disclosed that the survey found that the number of Kaspersky users in Bangladesh who experience Trojan attacks is 3.69 percent, the highest rate in the world.
The Cyber Security Agency of the ICT Division organised the press conference on emerging cyber threats at the national level at the ICT Bhaban in the capital yesterday.
Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or permanently block access to it unless a ransom is paid.
At the press conference, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, “The BGD e-Gov CIRT has recently observed an increase in cyber-attacks on critical public and private information infrastructures. Currently we are not safe from cyber-attacks, rather we are at the centre of it.”
He said cyber-attacks have recently increased worldwide amid a global economy worsening due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
Cyber criminals more frequently try to attack the banking, finance, and power sectors, said the state minister for ICT.
Palak also urged the general people as well as the government to become more cautious to prevent these kinds of attacks.
In 2019, Bangladesh scored 83rd in the National Cyber Security Index (NCSI) published by Estonia, however, the country advanced to the 33rd position in 2022.
Following Bangladesh, the biggest percentages of users suffering from Trojan attacks were reported in Haiti (1.79%), Sudan (1.69%), Turkmenistan (1.41%), Palestine (1.33%), Yemen (1.10%), Tajikistan (1.03%), China (1.01%), Ethiopia (1%) and Pakistan (0.87%).