Ransomware is the cyber threat that raised the most alarms in 2020

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Security firm Kaspersky revealed that Ransomware attacks were the most prevalent in 2020

Experts constantly alert people to different attacks on the web. Due to the contingency by the Covid-19, the cyberattacks increased, being those of ransomware The most popular.

These types of attacks consist of hackers they are made with access to information from computers or servers. Then they encrypt it and ask for a ransom to use it again.


The security firm Kaspersky revealed that in 2020 there was a considerable increase in ransomware. According to the company, an average of five were registered each day and a cumulative 1.3 million attempts of these attacks between January and September 2020.

In this sense, the most affected countries are Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. Mexico covers 22.57% of the ransomware attacks in the region.

Kaspersky detailed that the attacks are regularly linked to outdated software, pirated versions and the use of simple passwords.

According to the security company in Mexico, for example, 55% of computers still use Windows 7 and 5% Windows XP, and the pirated software rate is 66%.

Due to the number of connected devices the ransomware attacks they diversified affecting more gadgets.

Homes and hospitals are easy targets

“Another factor that made ransomware more recurrent during the pandemic was social distancing and the fact that many people began to connect to the internet to work from home from personal computers”


Signature Kaspersky He explained that due to the contingency, attacks on homes increased significantly, although his interest was to affect companies.

Avast He explained that the work teams were exposed to attacks because they were connected to home networks, which generally do not have the protection measures that corporations have.

PCWorld detailed that health institutions were victims of the ransomware affecting patient records, delays or cancellations in treatments.

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