Insights from the 1st Ibero-American Summit

Last week, we held our first Ibero-American virus analyst summit, to
which we invited 34 journalists from 14 Latin American countries, as
well as Spain and Portugal. Speakers and panelists included antivirus
experts Jorge Mieres, Fabio Assolini, Vicente Diaz and Dmitry
Bestuzhev.

Our summit was held in the vicinity of Cancn in Mexico – a
place that is famous for its beaches, resorts and ancient Mayan
pyramids.
What did we discuss? Regional targeted APT attacks, which we believe
may become a real threat within 5 years or less. Specifically, we
talked about targeted APT ttacks in which one Ibero-American country
attacks another country in the same region. Such attacks can be
reasonably expected to take place as soon as three or four years from
now.

Another issue discussed was that the number of attacks targeting
financial data correlates with the economic situation in the country
affected by the attacks. The economic crisis in Spain and Portugal led
to a decrease in the number of such attacks, compared to the countries
of Latin America.
Jorge Mieres demonstrated that many infection-related problems in the
Ibero-American region are due to pirated unpatched software. What
further aggravates the situation is that there is often a lack of
policies and configurations aimed at improving the overall security
situation.
Fabio Assolini presented detailed information on Brazilian malware
writers and their annual earnings. Curiously, while malware writers in
Europe and Asia prefer to remain in the shade and refrain from
disclosing their identities, their Brazilian colleagues conduct PR
campaigns in social networks and on YouTube.
Finally, Vicente Diaz presented examples that demonstrate how easily
our online social life can be used for targeted attacks. He also talked
about the threats which we are not yet aware of and which will
nevertheless become real in the near future, such as on-board computer
infections in cars and other vehicles.

We also recorded several webcasts in three languages: English, Spanish
and Portuguese. They should become available to the general public
soon. The event offered a plethora of interesting insights, and this is
just the beginning!

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