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In September alone, Argentine households fell victim to more than 3 million cyber attacks

October 27, 2020

According to a report from cybersecurity company McAfee, more than 3 million digital threats were discovered in September on the Movistar network, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Argentina. As announced by the digital medium Ciberseguridad Latam, via the Internet.

Global cybersecurity company McAfee conducted a study on 615,000 Movistar Fibra routers across the country for Movistar to understand the risks and threats that affect connectivity and pose a risk to home users in Argentina.

The study found that most threats were aimed at gathering financial information from users and specified that of the 615,000 routers on Movistar’s fiber network. 3,097,776 cyber threats have been detected and blocked in Argentine households, of which 60 percent are from mobile devices, 31 percent from laptops and the remainder from video game consoles, tablets and televisions.

In September alone, Argentine households fell victim to more than 3 million cyber attacks
In September alone, Argentine households fell victim to more than 3 million cyber attacks

According to the article, the company’s experts group the overall detected threats into four categories: The first corresponds to “phishing and spam URLs”, that is, emails that are similar to those of banks or official agencies that induce the user to submit his Disclose financial information (bank account details or credit cards). In this category, the company detected 55 percent of digital threats.

In a second category with 18 percent, they were recognized in the “malicious websites” line. This is nothing more than trying to install malware on the device. Usually this requires authorization from the person. However, with an automatic download, the internet tries to install the software automatically to damage the device. 16 percent in Pups (Potentially Unwanted Program) are programs or applications that we don’t recommend installing because they can install drivers or change the configuration of the device. and a final category with 11 percent was Park Domain: secondary sites that replicate the content of the main site and also damage the operation of the equipment.

In this regard, McAfee Consumer Regional Director Carlos Aramburu noted the following:

“These cyber threats are constantly mutating, making their actions increasingly invisible and imperceptible to the user. For this reason, in a context like this where the use of the Internet at home from multiple devices is increasing significantly, it is important to to create safe surfing habits, ”he emphasized.

Safe browsing practices

The CEO of the cybersecurity company highlights eight tips to help Internet users generate safe browsing practices and thus minimize the risk of cyber threats at home. He stressed that official websites should always be typed and recognized, check that the website address has the initials HTTPS at the beginning, if you want to access private information like bank details, avoid downloading unwanted files on the mobile phone and that this You need protected devices if, among other things, you need to connect to a Wi-Fi network other than your home network.

For his part, Adrián Roux, Director of Digital Services at Movistar, offers the Safe Home Connection platform to protect home users in Argentina from digital security breaches.

Movistar Convergent Security Service

Movistar’s Secure Home Connection service was developed in-house by the teams at Eleven Paths and Telefónica España together with companies such as McAfee and Allot and is the first converged security offering for residential customers. It protects both navigation through the Movistar network and the devices, paying special attention to children.

“At Movistar we are committed to internet security: to make users aware of current risks and to provide solutions that protect users with the highest quality standards. That’s why we created Safe Home Connection, a service that creates a protection ring for the home network so that all connected devices in the house – from cell phones, computers, televisions to smart devices and devices – can use the Internet safely. Protecting user information from new threats ” explained the Head of Digital Services at Movistar.

In this context of cybersecurity, the company recently teamed up with key partners in international industry to analyze trends in the cybersecurity market in a virtual event that took place on October 16 under the name Security Summit 2020.The summit was aimed at both customers and to non-B2B customers to find out about trends and innovations in cybersecurity.

Connected Home: Challenge for the Cybersecurity Industry

The current global health situation, ironically, has sparked the impetus for digital transformation and with it the inclusion of new roles in the home such as office, school or entertainment, and the inclusion of technological devices that propose new internet usage habits in the various family members.

It is obvious that the more Internet-connected devices within a family, the more browsing time, and therefore the more risk of exposure to malicious software.

Also known as Smart Home, it is part of the Internet of Things (IoT) movement with a technological infrastructure in which cybersecurity plays a prominent role in data protection, security and the integrity of information.

According to a Cyber ​​Security Insight report from Norton, 62 percent of consumers believe that connected home devices have online security. However, the cybersecurity company discovered flaws in more than 50 types of devices framed in the IoT.

The company notes that the main problem is that the devices were not designed with cybersecurity patterns or “security by design” trends in mind. This means that the devices have vulnerable points from which an attacker can access the network of the devices. Houses.