Threats of cyber attacks intensify in the first quarter

Ailyn Ríos / Reform Agency

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 19:17

Mexico City.- Cybersecurity threats against the country are unstoppable during 2022.

Mexico suffered 80 billion cyberattack attempts during the first quarter of the year, more than half of those that occurred in all of 2021, when 156 billion attempts were registered, according to the firm Fortinet.

Mexico is the most attractive market for cybercriminals in Latin America, surpassing even Brazil.

Of the 115 billion attempted cyberattacks in the first quarter of the year registered in Latin America, Mexico accounted for 69.5 percent.

“Latin America is one of the most attacked regions in the world and within it we account for more than 65 percent of overall attacks. Two years ago we accounted for around 30 percent.

“The reason is that we are in diapers in cybersecurity and that we are not aware of the seriousness of this situation,” said Eduardo Zamora, director of Fortinet Mexico.

During this quarter, the most detected exploitation technique in Mexico was related to the vulnerability colloquially known as Log4Shell, which allows the complete remote execution of a code in the vulnerable system, the firm said.

On the other hand, the ransomware attempts that managed to consolidate in the country were 14 thousand and represent 85.9 percent of those registered in the region.

The geopolitical situation that the world is going through with the conflict between Russia and Ukraine unleashed a cyberwar that causes cyberattacks to increase exponentially.

“If governments and companies deny the situation and don’t want to see what they need to prevent and react to, then we have a problem.”

“We see this stronger in the government sector,” added Zamora.

There is no industry or sector today that is safe from being a potential victim of cybercriminals, although depending on the situation, some are more vulnerable than others.

“Today the machines connected to the internet that are related to information technologies, all companies and sectors that have operating technologies are vulnerable, they should be paying attention,” the director mentioned.

Businesses, individuals, and governments need to prevent falling victim to known and existing attacks by updating their operating systems, but they also need to be on the lookout for new types of cyberattacks.

“We are seeing that many cyberattacks are going to violate old skills that left entry spaces that were not patched,” the director explained.

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