Sexting and the risks involved

Digital risks: SSG” is the title of the conference given by Yolanda Corral, journalist and instructor specialized in cybersecurity and digital skills, as well as founder of the informative channel “Palabra de hacker”.

Yolanda will help us understand what revenge porn is, the crime of sextortion and the various methods used to reach the victims. She will also delve into the concepts of sexting and the risks derived from its practice.

Sexting can be defined as the production and distribution of messages, photographs or videos of intimate content, nude or sexually explicit, through technological devices produced by the sender themselves in a completely free and voluntary manner.

The practice of sexting is highly common among adolescents. Several studies carried out in recent years show this trend: 30% of young people between 12 and 16 years of age receive sexual messages. In the face of this risky practice, what we need to do is to raise awareness of the consequences it may entail, since when sexting goes wrong, the consequences are horrifying. You can read the full article on News-365.

Sextortion and sexual blackmail on the rise

Sextortion can be defined as a crime that occurs when a blackmailed person is threatened with photos or videos of themselves naked or performing sexual acts. Usually, the threat is made to publish the content if an economic amount is not paid or if self-produced material is not sent, although it can also be used as emotional blackmail.

We speak of revenge porn when sexting goes out of control and leads to the non-consensual dissemination of intimate images or videos through social networks, instant messaging, adult content platforms or any social media in which the information can be disseminated.

Sextortion campaigns arise from love scammers, although on most occasions they are carried out by organized groups. There are thousands of victims all over the world and again the percentage of people who dare to report the crime is very small.

These crimes are on the rise, so it is essential to know how to avoid them and what to do if you are in a similar situation. Enroll for free in C1b3rWall Academy 2021 to learn a little more about this topic.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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