Pak­istan, In­done­sia lead in mal­ware at­tacks

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Pak­istan, In­done­sia, the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, Bangladesh and Nepal at­tract the high­est rates of at­tempted mal­ware at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to Mi­crosoft Corp.

Coun­tries that at­tracted the fewest in­clude Ja­pan, Finland, Nor­way and Sweden, Mi­crosoft said in a new study, based on sen­sors in sys­tems run­ning Mi­crosoft anti-mal­ware soft­ware.

“We look at north of 10 mil­lion at­tacks on iden­ti­ties ev­ery day,” said Mi­crosoft man­ager Alex Wein­ert, al­though at­tacks do not al­ways suc­ceed.

About half of all at­tacks orig­i­nate in Asia and one­fifth in Latin Amer­ica.

Mil­lions oc­cur each year when the at­tacker has valid cre­den­tials, Mi­crosoft said, mean­ing the at­tacker knows a user´s lo­gin and pass­word.

A tech­nol­ogy known as ma­chine learn­ing can of­ten de­tect those at­tacks by look­ing for data points such as whether the lo­ca­tion of the user is fa­mil­iar.

On av­er­age, 240 days elapse be­tween a se­cu­rity breach in a com­puter sys­tem and de­tec­tion of that breach, said Tim Rains, di­rec­tor of se­cu­rity at Mi­crosoft.

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