Australia was ranked fourth in the world for countries with the highest number of users who clicked malicious URLs in Q3 2015.
Across the country, more than 22 million hits to dangerous URLs were made in this period, a rise from 18.7 million in the previous quarter, according to a recent report conducted by Trend Micro.
The company said the increases were noted as Australia also witnessed a marked decrease in the number of spam-sending IPs hosted per country, halving the number to 2.2 million in Q3 from 4.7 million in Q2 2015.
The report showed that attacks seen in the third quarter involved PoS malware launched through techniques such as spamming, macro malware, exploit kits and botnets.
“The evolution of breaches is beginning to take a turn toward real-world effects on enterprises’ bottom lines and people’s lives. The emergence of numerous vulnerabilities and other data breaches that occurred in this quarter are bound to release more confidential and potentially destructive information to the public,” said Trend Micro managing director for A/NZ, Dhanya Thakkar.“To mitigate future breaches and reduce risk, enterprises must focus on intrusion suppression and address the advent of secondary infections. Integration of breach detection systems with intrusion prevention systems is fundamental to decreasing the time hackers dwell on their networks. Expect to be hit prepare to survive will become the mantra of 2016,” he added.