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Microsoft detects some 35.7 billion ‘phishing’ attempts in 2021

  • Bill Gates’ company’s cybersecurity ‘Defender’ program has also intercepted 25.6 billion ‘brute force’ attacks

Microsoft intercepted 35.7 billion phishing attempts last year through emails, and warned this Friday that identity is “the new battlefield” in the world of cybersecurity.

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Identity theft or ‘phishing’ is one of the most common cyber attacks in the world, consisting of gaining the confidence of the Internet user through a false identity and thus obtaining secret information such as passwords, social security or credit card numbers. In its quarterly publication ‘Cybersignals’, Microsoft indicated that it managed to block these 35.7 billion attacks aimed at both companies and individuals through its ‘Defender’ anti-malware program for Office 365. The Redmond-based firm (Washington state, USA) also said it had blocked more than 25.6 billion brute force attacks against authentication systems on the Internet, but warned that only 20% of users have implemented some type of strong protection of their online identity.

During the first eight months of 2021, cyber attacks in Latin America increased by 24% year-on-year. The rebound, which occurred amid a telecommuting boom due to the pandemic, was led by Ecuador, with an increase of 75%, followed by Peru (71%), Panama (60%), Guatemala (43%) and Venezuela (29%).

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