Peru is the country most affected by crypto mining in Latin America

Peru is the country with the highest detection of cyberattacks of crypto mining in Latin America between January and September 2019, according to a study by the security company Eset.

Peru is the country most affected by crypto mining in Latin America. Image: Indiana University
Peru is the country most affected by crypto mining in Latin America. Image: Indiana University

Luis Lübeck, the computer security specialist at Eset Latin America, explained that our country reached 19.5% of detections.

The specialist said in the Information Security Forum 2019 that cybercriminals use this modality to illegally use the resources of a computer or device in order to execute algorithms that will allow it to obtain crypto coins.

The user will be harmed because his equipment will not work properly because its processing will be spent by the miner. Therefore, even if you only have one window open, the device will be slow.

The second place in the regional ranking is occupied by Mexico with 10.65% and then Ecuador with 9.85%.

As of September of this year, 44% of detections in Latin America originate in Javascript, which implies that the infection starts from websites that use that programming language. 24% come from Windows devices.

The specialist pointed out that cyber-criminals target recognized websites with a large number of visitors to violate their security and introduce a code that will allow the miner to run from the browser during the time that the user is on the website.

The other modality used by attackers is to attract users to download malicious programs on their computer or smartphone. They use social networks or emails with suspicious links.

New types of attacks

Technological advances are also exploited by cyber-criminals. As a result, the connected devices (Internet of things) have also been violated.

The user affected by crypto mining may realize that he was infected, however, IoT computers usually do not reveal such "symptoms".

"The user can't tell if his webcam, smart TV or router is slower," he warned. Cybercriminals access these computers from a software vulnerability or from stolen user credentials.

Source: Agencia Andina

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