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13 biggest threats to mobile devices and computers in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe number of attacks from all kinds of malware continues to increase around the world. Computers, smart-phones and tablets most often become victims of such attacks in Latvia. Check Point’s Global Threat Index monthly study by Check Point Software Technologies states that the number of malware attacks around the world had grown 5% in October. Attacks have become more varied. Because of that, users should be more careful.

While different viruses have become a normal thing for computers in the past decade, malware attacking mobile devices are something new. According to results of the study, the most infamous type malware in the world is HummingBad, which installs itself onto Android devices and downloads malware without the user’s consent. They then start stealing personal data, remember passwords and hack into e-mail accounts.

Triada is the second most infamous type of malware – a treacherous app that hacks into Android devices and opens the way for the criminal to upload other viruses on the device.

XcodeGhost is also among the most dangerous types of malware users should watch out for. It is an infected version of Xcode platform for Android iOS developers. Each piece of software included in this platform includes a piece of code that lets criminals hack into devices.

In October, computers around the world were being threatened by Locky ransom malware and internet banking service threatening Trojan ‘Zeus’. Locky’s development is based on constant variety and different distribution forms, because their creators had definitely put a lot of effort into the improvement of their brainchildren. Because of that, users are often unaware of opening infected files with .doc, .xls and .wsf extensions. Shortly after activation, viruses lock down the computer and demand ransom.

«As the number of attacks continues to increase, organizations face an even bigger challenge when it comes to the protection of their corporate networks. The fact that the most infamous malware types have not changed since September means that cyber criminals have made significant progress in their attack methods. Users have to respond by better protecting their devices,» – said Check Point Baltics manager Giedris Markevicus.

Here are ten of the most dangerous types of malware in Latvia:

Zeus – an incredibly resilient Trojan first released in 2007. It infects computers and steals users’ internet banking passwords.

Cryptowall – an effective type of ransomware that, upon infecting the computer, encrypts files and demands ransom for their decryption.

Kometaur – a Trojan-type programme for Windows OS. It gathers information about the infected computer and sends it to third party servers. This programme also often downloads updates of itself.

Tinba – this malware gathers user data by redirecting them to fake internet bank websites. It specializes in European banks.

HackerDefender – a relatively old programme that was created to take over computers using Windows 2000 Windows XP. It can hide itself on the computer. Because of that many anti-viruses do not notice it.

Cryptoload – this is an entire category of malware. They usually end up on computers when users open files in e-mails.

Kelihos – this malware programme creates an entire botnet to steal Bitcoins and send SPAM in massive amounts. It can also steal information from the infected computer and download other types of malicious software on it.

Gen – an old and very typical type of Trojan that steals users’ personal data.

Locky – one of the most active ransomware types in the world. It is a newcomer to Latvia, however. It encrypts files on the computer and demands ransom for them in the form of Bitcoin money.

Angler ek – last year’s most infamous malware. It infects computers when a web browser is redirected to a website created using JavaScript. It uses Flash, Java, Silverlight, Acrobat or older versions of Internet Explorer as access points.

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