Data security technology Eset reported this week what are the five types of cyber attacks that affect Latin America most.
The company relied on the data collected from its detection products and disclosed the list of cyber threats at the Information Security Forum in Sao Paulo, which takes place this week in Brazil.
According to Eset, the fraudulent messages, also known as "phishing", cyber-extortion, malicious code, vulnerability exploitation, and crypto-mining or "cryptojacking" are the most common attacks in Latin America.
"We see new features that have not seen a few months ago. They are becoming increasingly complex"warned Miguel Ángel Mendoza, researcher of Eset Latin America about the new modalities of cyber attacks and the latest viruses they have found.
Mendoza stressed that "phising", which has been the most found malicious code in the region for several years, Each time, it uses more complex social technology techniques to trick users with fraudulent messages and impersonations, especially on financial issues.
According to the Ace, this attack in the world increased by 46 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with the previous quarter.
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The list also contains cyber extortions, also known as "ramsomware", which are programs that require economic benefits to recover information that has been hijacked.
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Malware, as it is known for malicious codes, also occupied one of the first places among the most common attacks in the region.
Everyday in Eset, we get 300,000 unique variants of "malware" and about 300 new samples are for Google's Android mobile operating system
Among the most common threats in Latin America, cryptojacking is also emphasized, which in Spanish is translated as a crypto contract, a modality that It cuts users' processing resources to capture virtual currencies.
"It's enough to just visit a site to be affected", warned Mendoza, who pointed out that the so-called "JS / CoinMiner", one of these cryptocurrency miners, has been the most discovered threat in the world between December 2017 and June 2018.
"Haveand clarify that these are just a few (current computer viruses). These are the ones that remain the most current here and those who are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. Therefore, safety technology – in the region – should be visualized today, the engineer concluded in his presentation.
* With EFE