Zscaler Reveals 1.5 Million Malware Attempts Per Week Aimed at Organisations in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore


Zscaler has announced that more than 1.5 million pieces of malware are being blocked in the Zscaler™ cloud every week across Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. The Zscaler ThreatLabZ research team examined a variety of threats targeting the region, including phishing attacks, botnets, browser exploitation, and malicious content.

Australia is firmly in the firing line for hackers and cybercriminals. Forty-two per cent of the attacks blocked in the region were aimed at Australian enterprises. Singaporean organisations were the target of a further 35 per cent of attacks, and the remaining 23 per cent were directed at New Zealand organisations.

Botnets are often designed to steal data and immobilise organisations by infecting them with malicious software, and Zscaler detected 150,000 botnets across the region per week. Seventy-three per cent of detected botnet attacks were aimed at Singaporean organisations and 26 per cent at those in Australia. Just one per cent were aimed at New Zealand organisations.

“Cybercriminals continue to develop new, more sophisticated attack methods, and they are carrying them out with astonishing frequency,” said Zscaler Country Manager, Budd Ilic. “Enterprises in the Asia Pacific region need to partner with cloud providers that provide inline inspection of all traffic, including encrypted traffic at scale, to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to a costly and damaging incursion.”

The Zscalersecurity cloud processes more than 65 billion daily transactions and detects and prevents 125 million threats worldwide. To protect customers with the latest threat prevention, the cloud receives 120,000 unique security updates per day.

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