Crypto cyber attacks affect LA countries
Mexico, Peru and Ecuador are the nations most affected by crimes such as crypto mining cyber attacks, bitcoin rescue request and stealing crypto wallet assets
Cryptocurrency transactions increase considerably in the world thanks to the ease of the process and the security felt by customers of the crypto ecosystem. Cyber crimes increase in a similar trend.
According to a recent cybersecurity study by ESET, “Internet users in Latin American countries are under the threat of different types of cyber attacks every day.” The firm provided alarming figures this week in a report of attacks in the region, during the 2019 Computer Security Forum.
The report states that among the most affected countries, Peru is in the first place in the world with “11% of detections of computer crypto mining viruses“. This means that private computers are used illegally for cryptoactive mining in the Peruvian territory. Mexico is in second place with 10.6% and Ecuador in third place with 9.8%.
Crypto mining without the user’s consent is one of the most common crimes in the crypto universe. But there are other attacks that also involve digital assets, such as the introduction of crypto mining viruses to smartphones.
On the detection of ransomware attacks in Latin America, ESET notes that Peru kept me in the first place with 22%. According to the ESET study, “Mexico and Brazil occupy second and third place for this type of attack, with 15% and 14% respectively.” It is important to remember that this attack is characterized by infecting computers and then hijacking user data.
Hackers are currently focusing on the rescue request in bitcoin, the main cryptocurrency in the global environment. Denise Giusto, a researcher at ESET Latin America, stressed: “Mexico is the first country in the region to receive attacks by the Emotet Trojan virus, which focuses in theft of bank data that is now aimed at the theft of crypto wallet funds.
Cybercriminals take advantage of the vulnerability of computers and digital devices to access customer data and infect them with viruses or steal bank data and then get the assets.