The number of stalkerware attacks in Brazil grew by 228% last year, according to a report published by Kaspersky on Thursday (2). Malicious software, which spies on victims to send personal data to its developer, has gained fame abroad as well, with a significant leap in the number of such cases.
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The study also reveals a 35% growth in international stalkerware cases when comparing the first nine months of 2019 with 2018. In addition to the growth of cases, Kaspersky also saw a growth in the range of stalkerwares in action, which makes protection difficult. of users.
Stalkerware can intercept content, chat and even give the attacker access to the device's microphone and camera in real time. Photo: Bruno De Blasi / TechTudo
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Stalkerware is a type of spy software designed to monitor the life of a specific target. Commonly used by jealous partners, this malware aims to collect the content of conversations, intercept files, emails, passwords and content generated by the victim, such as photos and victims. In some cases, malware is capable of operating in real time, giving the attacker the ability to access the device's microphones and camera.
For Kaspersky, the fact that stalkerwares are targeted threats to reach a particular person makes the numbers even more worrying, since in general such malware needs to be installed by people who have physical access to victim devices.
Care must be taken to avoid being a victim of stalkerware. Photo: Pond5
Kaspersky counted 4,041 detections and blockages in Brazil's single users so far in 2019, showing a 228% increase over the numbers recorded in the first nine months of 2018, when about 1,232 cases of stalkerware were discovered.
Another concern is the perception that stalkerwares are gaining new variations. In 2019, Kaspersky found 380 potentially dangerous versions of this type of attack, which is almost 33% more than in 290.
Faced with the wave of stalkerware cases, there are some tips that users can follow to avoid problems: block installation of apps from unknown sources, never reveal phone PIN and password, avoid accessing unknown files and apps, and review all passwords and settings of security when leaving a relationship. It is not advisable to share passwords even with a trusted person.
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