What’s your impression during the past months, has the number of alerts increased?
In these days challenged by COVID-19 it becomes obvious to everyone how operators are at the heart of all modern economies, providing us with the means to ensure continuity via remote working. Defending these infrastructures is vital to everyone. Interestingly, during the last months, the number of massive attacks has drastically decreased. We have seen more focused attacks that target the population at large, though. Fraudsters went on to usurp the government’s announcements to spread malwares via SMS. But since everyone was on their phones at the time, we noticed large campaigns of fake applications that sent premium SMSes. On the attacker’s side, these are rather test networks to continue their research activities on signaling weaknesses.
Nevertheless, we cannot be passive. These kinds of attacks decreased because fraudsters had to cut back their activities as well. The attackers were affected by the confinement, too. They could no longer travel to get equipment and SIMs they needed. We are expecting the same level of massive attacks again by the end of the year. These attacks could be even more sophisticated as the fraudsters and attackers had some time to prepare.
Thank you, Alexandre, for your compelling information. We will continue the interview with regard to your daily challenges and also pain points in the detection of threats. We are also looking forward to more fascinating insights on how these challenges can be met through collective industry initiatives. Take care!