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Education, Government and health, the most hacked sectors in Latin America

Education and research, government and military, as well as health were the top three main targets for cybercriminals during November of this year.

A study carried out by Check Point, a company dedicated to the cybersecurityrevealed that the most attacked sectors worldwide in recent months were those of education and research, followed by government and military, as well as Health, to complete the top three of the main objectives of cybercriminals.

According to the analysis, the education continues to be the main target of these types of attacks that use various methods of malware either virus to cause damage to the infrastructure of educational centers such as schools Y universities.

For Manuel Rodríguez, manager of Security Engineering for Latin America at Check Point Software, the programs Malicious programs used as a means to generate these types of attacks on organizations, governments and schools “(…) are not inactive for a long time. We can’t afford to let our guard down, so it’s important to stay vigilant when opening emails, clicking links, visiting websites, or sharing personal information”.

Banking Trojans look for information related to bank accounts on the devices they infect
Banking Trojans look for information related to bank accounts on the devices they infect

This warning is due to the fact that, from July to November 2022, there would have been a decrease in the cases of trojan virus known as Emotet, which returned in the last month no longer as a virus that spreads through campaigns of phishingbut now, it is also capable of distributing other types of viruses to devices of vulnerable people and companies.

This virus even had a negative impact on 4% of companies worldwide, which is why it became the most widespread malware on the planet during that month, along with others known as Qbota Trojan that steals bank account access credentials, and raspberry robindesigned to infect devices and generate unauthorized downloads of other viruses.

For their part, the malware that aimed to infect mobile devices were especially linked to the theft of Bank information as this is the main motivation behind malware attacks.

Malware in Android apps.  (photo: Pexels)
Malware in Android apps. (photo: Pexels)

Anubis, a banking trojan designed for Android mobile phones topped the list and now includes new features like recording audio and was even detected in apps within the Android platform. Play Store.

Another banking Trojan in the top 3 was the one known as hydrawhich ranks second among the most widespread with its function of asking its victims for permission to access harmful sections within their mobile devices, and AlienBota malware targeting smartphones from Android that facilitates access to victims’ accounts by cybercriminals and can completely control a device round out the list of the top three biggest threats to users in November alone.

How to avoid being a victim of cybercriminals

because this trend will continue and that more banking Trojans will be distributed in the future, it is necessary for users to take these recommendations and practices into account. safety to be victims of delinquents.

(Photo: Pixabay)
(Photo: Pixabay)

– Always review the ratings of the Applications to see if other users express unusual concerns or negative experiences.

– It is important to verify the information of the developers and publishers of Applications.

– Download apps from websites suspects is dangerous.

– Avoid installing Applications from unknown sources.

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