Peru has reached more than one million phishing detections so far in 2024

Peru has reached more than one million phishing detections so far in 2024
Peru has reached more than one million phishing detections so far in 2024

Lima Peru.- During the last months of 2024, more than one million unique phishing detections were identified in Peru through ESET telemetry, the highest number in recent years. ESET, a cybersecurity company, explained that this is one million different phishing attempts, and not the number of times each detected phishing model was used. Each unique sample can be used many times.

The announcement was made during ESET Security Days 2024, a series of conferences on the situation in the country and companies regarding the security of their information and data.

According to the ESET graph, we see a line with upward trends and in 2024 the highest point was in the months of May/June.

In terms of malware samples in the country, more than 900,000 were detected, which refers to the number of malicious software samples that have been collected, identified and stored by the organization for analysis and study, which underlines the magnitude of the cybersecurity problem in the region.

ESET telemetry also detected the most exploited vulnerabilities of the last year, which were classified by the CVE or “Common vulnerabilities and exposure” nomenclature used to name or identify detected vulnerabilities.

These computer flaws allow cybercriminals to penetrate a system and carry out malicious actions such as malware introduction, data hijacking, denial of service and others.

  • CVE-2012-0143 was found………….. 131591. Description: Microsoft Excel 2003 SP3 and Office 2008 for Mac do not properly handle memory during file opening, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted spreadsheet, aka “Excel Memory Corruption Vulnerability Using Multiple Modified Bytes.”
  • CVE-2012-0159…………..5180. Description: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, R2, and R2 SP1, Windows 7 Gold and SP1, and Windows 8 Consumer Preview; Office 2003 SP3, 2007 SP2 and SP3, and 2010 Gold and SP1; Silverlight 4 before 4.1.10329; and Silverlight 5 before 5.1.10411 allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted TrueType font (TTF) file, aka “TrueType Font Parsing Vulnerability.”
  • CVE-2021-26855………… 3087. Description. Critical vulnerability affecting Microsoft Exchange Server, with a severity score of 9.8 out of 10. Systems running vulnerable versions of Microsoft Exchange Server, including versions 2013, 2016, and 2019, are at risk. It is essential that organizations address this vulnerability to protect their systems and data from potential exploitation.

“The vulnerabilities that lead in Peru are well known, from 2012 and 2021. This allows us to affirm that there is a tendency in the country not to update operating systems and applications, since the following versions already have patches for these vulnerabilities. This is worrying because solutions that have existed for more than 10 years, on the one hand, are not implemented and that evidently do not have cybersecurity software capable of detecting vulnerabilities of this type.”explained Fabiana Ramirez, Security Researcher at ESET LA.

On the other hand, Jorge Zeballos, general manager of ESET Peru refers “The large number of phishing attacks shows that it is still the most popular way for cybercrime to gain initial access, and this is because the end user or employees are still the weakest link. This situation is easily explained and is that they do not have a good education in cybersecurity, being more vulnerable to falling for these scams because they do not have the knowledge or tools to detect phishing attempts. Likewise, organizations do not have robust information management systems that could prevent all of the above.”

During the activities of ESET Security Days Peru, Josep Albors, Head of Research and Awareness at ESET Spain, also highlighted an alarming increase in the detection of cyber threats in the country worldwide.

Albors explained that: “Peru had the highest detection rate worldwide (8%) of the Infostealer Lumma Stealer in the period from December 2023 to May 2024”This data underscores the urgency of strengthening cyber defenses in the region and the need for Peruvian companies to adopt proactive measures to protect their systems and data against these growing threats.

In this sense, the vast majority of current cyberattacks have common characteristics and even a large number of cybercriminal groups scrupulously follow a series of guidelines with previously established steps to achieve their objective. It once again urges companies to investigate and find out what tactics, techniques and procedures are used by attackers, in order to be able to act to prevent them or, at least, mitigate them.

Tony Anscombe, Security Evangelist at ESET Global, discussed the continuing challenging outlook for cybersecurity as the AI ​​era takes shape. “Cybercriminals and advanced threat actors are using increasingly sophisticated tools and techniques to attack targets, and others are exploring how deepfake technology can influence society and be used to defraud businesses and consumers. The cybersecurity industry must continue to leverage new technologies to keep businesses and individuals safe in the new AI-enabled digital age.” he stated.

Finally, ESET cybersecurity specialists concluded that Peruvian companies face increasing cyber threats driven by advanced technologies and improvements in AI. To defend themselves, they must adopt advanced security systems, train employees in cybersecurity best practices, and stay up to date on the latest trends and threats.

To learn more about cybersecurity, visit the ESET news portal: https://www.welivesecurity.com/es/

On the other hand, ESET invites you to check out Conexión Segura, its podcast to find out what is happening in the world of computer security. To listen to it, go to: https://open.spotify.com/show/0Q32tisjNy7eCYwUNHphcw

 
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