Social engineering is a set of techniques used to persuade and manipulate people in order to obtain confidential information. Selva Orejón and Nuria Pineda participate in Module 2a “Cybersecurity Awareness” of C1b3rWall Academy 2021 delivering a conference on ” Social engineering: action and prevention of cyber-attacks” where they will talk cyber-attacks that are carried out through social engineering, the risks associated with falling victim to this type of attack, as well as the basic guidelines for action and prevention.

Selva Orejón is a legal expert specialized in digital identity and reputation. Her company, onBRANDING, has been specialized in online reputation crisis management for celebrities, companies and anonymous citizens for 14 years. Nuria Pineda has a degree in Security from the University of Barcelona and works as an analyst at the same company.

Social engineering and cybercrime

Cybercriminals use social engineering to commit all kinds of crimes, this conference highlights the three most common cases in our professional practice:

  • Hacking of social network accounts: criminals send a predetermined message to hundreds of users from profiles that look like official platform profiles. A link is included and when the victim enters his or her credentials, the account is stolen (phishing).
  • Hacking of instant messaging accounts: criminals create and/or hijack Telegram accounts and ask their victims from WhatsApp for the code they receive by SMS that warns them of logging in from another device, which turns out to be from Telegram.
  • Economic scams: criminals generate a relationship of trust with their victims to subsequently request money, either as a result of a love relationship (“love scam”), to avoid publishing compromising images or videos (sextortion) or to invest in fraudulent stocks or cryptocurrencies.

People are configured as a key piece in the prevention of this type of cyber-attacks. For this reason, awareness and training are essential to enable people to protect themselves, their environment, family or business.

You can read the full article on News-365.

Selva and Nuria teach us how to protect ourselves from cyber-attacks, to learn all these tips, register for free at C1b3rWall Academy 2021.

You also have the opportunity to delve deeper into this topic and other areas of internet security by doing the Master in Cybersecurity of the University of Salamanca. Registration is now open for the call that will start in February 2022.

To learn more click on the following link.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.