Between metaverses and attacks on satellites

Between metaverses and attacks on satellites: this is what experts expect who ‘hack’ us in 2022

From the National Institute of Cybersecurity they explain to ABC that scams, vulnerabilities and ‘ransomware’ will continue to appear as the main threats.

  • Meanwhile, companies contacted by this newspaper point to the emergence of new trends
  • 2020 changed everything. Also if we talk about cybersecurity. The arrival of the pandemic, the one that has turned normality into an increasingly vague memory.
  • Forced many to lock themselves at home and take quick courses in programs and tools that, until then, they were unaware of.

A golden opportunity for cybercrime, which increased attacks on the Internet as the user spent more and more hours  in front of the screen. The trend has continued throughout 2021.

This is demonstrated by the fact that, in the first six months, 28% of Spanish users suffered a serious security incident, according to the recent  Cibber study, prepared by the National Institute of Cybersecurity (Incise) and the National Observatory of Technology and Society.

From Incise they remarked in conversation with ABC that by 2022 they do not expect that “the photo will change too much.

” The institution targets cyber scams aimed at stealing information, vulnerabilities in devices and applications, and attacks with ‘ransomware’ viruses, in which an attempt is made to hijack the victim’s information and equipment and then demand a ransom, such as

The main dangers for users on the Internet during the year. However, companies consulted by this newspaper point to the emergence of new trends to which attention will have to be paid in the coming months.

The internet hole

Just a few weeks ago, Alibaba’s security team reported the discovery of one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities in the history of the Internet.

A misconfiguration of Log4j, a free software tool present in approximately 3,000 million applications and websites, had put companies around the world at risk. The vulnerability, easy to exploit, allows the cybercriminal who uses it to enter the victim’s systems and, from there, try to steal information or even paralyze their computers. “It is a

vulnerability that we had not faced during the 21st century. Mainly because there are a large number of applications and technologies supported by this library ”, explains Jorge Chine, head of reactive services at the National Cybersecurity Institute, in conversation with ABC.

Although there is a patch available that solves the problem, most cybersecurity companies contacted by this newspaper warn that the failure could cause serious setbacks in the coming months. Mainly, due to the large number of systems that suffer from it.

“It will certainly affect many companies next year. It has implications that we don’t quite see.

It is not like an application, which we know if we have it installed, but a component used by a multitude of projects, ”Dani Creusa, Kaspersky’s head of research, told this newspaper. “People should be quick to patch and never leave behind updating internal systems. Once the cybercriminals are inside our company, they will do everything possible to move around the interior ”, highlights, for his part, Eusebio Neiva, Technical Director of Check Point.

At the moment, criminals are especially focused on searching the Internet in order to find targets that are vulnerable to failure. Cases have also been detected in which the vulnerability is being used for cryptocurrency mining. From Incise they explain that, to date, in Spain there is no evidence “of an effective exploitation that has resulted in a security incident.

“They also point out that the situation in neighboring countries is similar. “The companies are putting the batteries. They are working on it “, says Chine, who calls for” calm and vigilance “:” Let’s hope it does not affect massively and with great impact. We sleep with one eye open.