Alert in Latin America: fake news on the internet increases by 50%

After confinement, “fake news” increased by 50%. (photo: ESAN)

Disinformation and fake news increased by more than 50% after the severe lockdown from last year. In particular, they did so around political, government and health issues. This is reflected in the latest report published by ESET, which analyzes the evolution of cybercrime throughout the second half of 2020.

Based on this information, social networks like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram are the main popular topics of fake news. The modus operandi of the disseminators of disinformation focuses on identifying a relevant situation with social and / or political interests.

They will then generate false material and this will be passed on to the target groups who can provide the truth to this information. Some groups will also broadcast fake news on the Internet to reach and influence more people.

In fact, the company of cybersecurity warns that these actions can polarize the population, affect national security and interfere with national interests, among other factors. For this reason, it is recommended to collect the information and always inform yourself on the official portals.

Social networks are the main means of
Social media is the main medium for “fake news.” (photo: National Geographic)

The challenges of hybrid work

Working from home and getting to the office in a few days will become a reality for most businesses. Although the telecommuting trend prevailed during the pandemic, once the face-to-face meetings returned, many companies opted to maintain this working model, albeit in a hybrid version.

Data from a Factorial study show that more than 60 companies will implement the hybrid work. In addition, from most of these companies, 59.2% cite gender diversity as a decisive factor in attracting and retaining more talent within the company.

10-28-2021 Webex Desk Mini video conferencing equipment.  The Webex by Cisco workplace platform has incorporated more than a thousand innovations in the last year to address hybrid work, and is moving towards immersive, real-time holographic meetings, a test solution that provides the feeling of being present.  CISCO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
10-28-2021 Webex Desk Mini video conferencing equipment. The Webex by Cisco workplace platform has incorporated more than a thousand innovations in the last year to address hybrid work, and is moving towards immersive, real-time holographic meetings, a test solution that provides the feeling of being present. CISCO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY (CISCO /)

However, hybrid work poses a number of challenges for companies. According to research conducted by Factorial, the main problem is communication in 59.2% of cases and legal inconvenience in 34.7%.

Other problems of this work modality it’s cloud services. This risk can allow unauthorized access, threats in the internal clouds, insecure interfaces, problems derived from the use of shared technologies, information leakage, identity theft, ignorance of the environment and of course, it is exposed to being hacked.

There is also the risk of mobile equipment and insecure networks. The most common scenario is an open Wi-Fi network in public places, where cybercriminals can take advantage of it to steal sensitive information from devices or even take control of them.

Insecure networks on mobile devices.  (photo: AndroidHelp)
Insecure networks on mobile devices. (photo: AndroidHelp)

The benefits of hybrid work

Nevertheless, The combination of working from home and in the office has also been shown to provide huge benefits for businesses. One of them referred to the commitment of the employees, in 70.4% cases; and with time management, 48% more.

Hybrid work is mentioned as an opportunity to reduce absenteeism in companies. 87.8% of companies make sure to consider offering future employees a mixed job as an added benefit.

An efficient use of e-mail.  Archive image.  EFE / EPA / SASCHA STEINBACH
An efficient use of e-mail. Archive image. EFE / EPA / SASCHA STEINBACH (SASCHA STEINBACH /)

Pishing in Latin America

Phishing is the crime of making people share confidential information like passwords and credit card numbers. Victims receive emails or text messages that mimic (or “impersonate”) a trusted person or entity, such as a colleague, a bank, or a government office.

When victims open an email or text message, They find a message meant to scare them, to undermine their good judgment by inciting fear. The message asks the victim to visit a website and act immediately or suffer the consequences.

If the user falls for the trap and clicks on the link, they will be taken to a website that copies the legitimate website. From there, you will be asked to log in with your username and password. If you are naive enough to do so, login details will reach the attacker, who will use them to steal identities, steal bank accounts and sell personal information on the black market.

Pishing are malicious emails with false information.  (photo: Segurilatam)
Pishing are malicious emails with false information. (photo: Segurilatam)

According to data collected by ESET, Ecuador (38% of the total), Colombia (25%) and Guatemala (13%) They lead the list of quantity of hashes (mathematical algorithm that transforms any arbitrary block of data into a new series of characters with a fixed length) related to phishing campaigns in 2021.

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