Phishing is a term that we are starting to hear more frequently than we would like. Unfortunately, the greater the digitalization, the higher the risks of suffering a scam or cyberattack. Pablo Plaza Martínez is a cybersecurity analyst at BISITE Research Group, member of the Spanish cybersecurity team and participant in CTF competitions at national and international level; he participates in Module 2a “Cybersecurity Awareness” of C1b3rWall Academy 2021, in a conference entitled “Phishing attacks. Will you fall into the trap?”.

Phishing is a type of fraud that employs social engineering tricks to deceive its victims. The attack is carried out through electronic communications in which the attacker attempts to persuade the victim to interact with a posed bait. The targets are typically:

  • Data theft.
  • Malware distribution.
  • Identity theft.

How can you protect yourself?

The first step would be a study of the target; in this phase, the attacker monitors the social networks of the target or targets, collects information and spies on them. Subsequently, the attacker chooses the most appropriate electronic media for the victim (mail, sms, call, ads…). Then, the victim falls for the bait, i.e., clicks on the link, enters data, downloads a file, etc. Finally, the attacker obtains the data and executes the malware.

There are advanced techniques that allow attackers to execute phishing attacks despite protection such as two-factor authentication. Tools such as Evilginx allow hyper-realistic impersonation of the websites of companies such as Amazon, Google, etc. and steal credentials. Other techniques use malicious devices that look like USB sticks or mice that, when connected to a computer, execute malware or steal data.

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Pablo invites us to reflect on the discussed cases, as well as teaches us how to successfully detect phishing cases. To discover all these tips, register for free at C1b3rWall Academy 2021.

You also have the opportunity to delve deeper into this and other issues related to Internet security with the Master’s in Cybersecurity of the University of Salamanca. Registration is now open for the call that will start in February 2022.

More information is available at the following link.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.