National Lottery recognizes data theft by ‘international’ hackers

How does Avaddon operate?
Ransomware as a threat has evolved and now involves targeted attacks, in which cybercriminals demand higher payments and use more sophisticated mechanisms to hijack business and government computers and systems.

Martina López, a security researcher at Eset, explains in an analysis that Avaddon, the group that attacked Sports Forecasts of the National Lottery, is a ransomware as a service (RaaS) and has a solid reputation in the markets blacks.

This means that third parties hire cybercriminals for certain services and purposes. “Although the most common targets of attack in its short period of life have been small and medium-sized companies in Europe and the United States, something that caught our attention is the number of people affected by this ransomware in Latin America,” says López.

In Brazil, Peru, Chile and Costa Rica, Avaddon victims have been reported in recent months, from government agencies to companies in industries in the health or telecommunications sectors.

In January 2021, the number of companies affected by Avaddon was 23, and at least five were in Latin America.

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