WastedLocker: the dangerous virus that has Spanish companies in the spotlight

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There is no doubt that ” ransomware ” – malicious code capable of hijacking devices and files and then asking for a ransom – are among the main threats that a company must face on the Internet. This is demonstrated, for example, by the hack that the company specializing in the design of GPS Garmin suffered a little over a week ago . As the technology itself admitted, behind the attack was the WastedLocker virus , a “ransomware” that targets Spanish brands .

«WastedLocker is a relatively new” ransomware “. It looks a lot like others of the same type that have appeared recently, such as Maze and NetWalker. He has been behind targeted attacks against very important American organizations. It has even affected some of the Fortune 500 companies (list of the 500 most important American companies). It is related to the Evil Corp cybercriminal group, which is also allegedly behind other malicious code such as Dridex and Bittaymr. It’s very sophisticated, “ethical hacker Deepak Daswani tells ABC.

According to the cybersecurity company ESET, based on the data extracted from its clients, 82 percent of the attacks related to this malicious code have been detected in our country . “The blocking of the malicious activity of this threat is confirmed by not having detected any ransom note among the Spanish computers that the criminals tried to infect,” they point out from the company in a statement.

WastedLocker-related issues detected by ESET
Issues related to WastedLocker detected by ESET – ESET
ESET points out, in turn, that the choice of Spain as the location in which WastedLocker is being most active may be due to several factors; and all are related, to a greater or lesser extent, to the Covid-19 pandemic and teleworking . The disease, and the importance of keeping contagions at bay, has caused many Spaniards to have to convert their living room into their office. Something that, in addition, was done – in a large number of cases – without the precise preparation.

“In many companies, cybersecurity has not been taken into account as an integral part of teleworking. Also because of the rush, but many connectivity technologies have been quickly imposed, while others based on protection have been implemented in later phases. Even in some companies, they have not been implemented directly. The biggest “non-forecast” is that there are still many people who are working remotely, but using their own devices to do so », Eusebio Nieva, director of the cybersecurity firm Check Point , commented a few weeks ago to this medium.

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