Deception is now the favourite tactic of cybercriminals as applications have gained better protection, according to Microsoft Corp. as it announced the release of its latest cybersecurity report.
A press statement by the Seattle-based vendor said the report was based on data gathered from more than a billion systems across 110 countries and regions.
Data gathering took part during the second half of 2013.
The report identified deceptive downloads as threat in 95 % of the countries/regions where data had been gathered.
It described deceptive downloads as the bundling of malware with legitimate downloadable content to lure victims.
Examples of such legitimate content would be software, music or videos found online.
It said infected machines often continue to function and the only observable signs of malicious download could be a slower computer or unexpected search results popping up in a browser.
But over time, fraudulent activities such as click fraud generated from the computer could tarnish an individual victim's reputation.
With regard to Singapore, it said the top three deceptive threats during Q4 2013 were the following: