The pandemic made us more digital, but that has not cost zero. Teleworking has been installed as the only modality or in a hybrid format. According to a survey presented this week, within the framework of ESET’s “Trends 2022 and LATAM Threats” conference, the 70.5% of workers are concerned about cybersecurity.
This is an example that results in a logical formula: with more digital exposure, the greater the risks in terms of cybersecurity (if you do not have protected equipment and / or knowledge to prevent attacks). Phishing cases (data spoofing) have grown exponentially.
In April 2020, Google said it was blocking more than 240 million spam messages daily that used the theme of COVID-19 to deceive peoples, in 18 million phishing and malware emails.
But why are those who work at home very exposed to this type of attack? Because if someone living in the same household fell for a hoax (for example, a phishing case, by clicking on a malicious link), under the same connection, their computer could also be compromised or exposed.
Beware of the chat
The deceptions do not arrive only by email, but by instant messaging, through chat apps such as WhatsApp. And this trend, as indicated at the cybersecurity conference, will grow in 2022.
In this sense, currently machine learning (machine learning) is being applied to know the behavior patterns of users and design commercial campaigns using AI (artificial intelligence) software. And this can be used for good, or for bad. It enables cybercriminals to better understand their victims and identify the best time to carry out an attack.
This too allows them to use deep fakes apps (AI-based human image synthesis technique used to create fake content) to impersonate company employees or even to imitate the voice of senior managers.
Of course, although WhatsApp is the platform of choice to deceive people, criminals communicate through Telegram. So far this year, there has been an increase of more than 100% in the use of this messaging platform by cybercriminals.
Links to Telegram groups that were shared within dark web forums went from just over 170 thousand in 2020 to over one million in 2021. That is, with the advancement of customizable threat services from the web and the sale information and services through messaging apps, it is less and less necessary to have great technical knowledge to carry out a cyberattack, which facilitates the proliferation of cybercriminals more easily.
Hoaxes in internet disruption
The “fashionable technologies” such as NFTs (non-fungible tokens, or digital assets in the blockchain), which allow converting digital items into unique and unrepeatable and have started a large market for crypto art, have made cybercriminals begin to be interested in them .
At the conference they pointed out that there will be more and more scams associated with the purchase and sale of these assets, as well as malicious software that seeks to obtain these digital assets.
Ransomware continues to lurk
Ransomware (“data hijacking”) continues to be one of the biggest concerns for companies in the region. However, 2021 has been the year with the fewest detections compared to the previous 6.
Cybercriminals are shifting the focus of their attacks and migrating from massive campaigns to targeted operations. In Latin America, Peru is the country with the highest number of ransomware detections, with 23% of the detections in the region. Argentina, for its part, is the country with the highest increase in the number of ransomware families, where they increased by 54% between the first and second four months of 2021.
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