The module on ” Cybersecurity awareness: real cases” is being taught by Silvia Barrera Ibáñez. This time she will talk to us about crimes targeting people and their privacy.

Privacy gives certain freedom to our daily lives and involves confidential information that should not be shared. An attack on this information can seriously compromise us (loss of accounts, access to third-party messages, photos and personal information, etc.). In the penal code, this is labeled as the “discovery and disclosure of secrets” and refers to unauthorized access to user accounts (social networks, emails, services…).

Fraudulent SMS and WhatsApp

The National Police warns of the spread of malicious software that is installed on mobile devices and involves the SMS messaging system for the purpose of scamming. It can also arrive by WhatsApp or any other form of messaging. These messages are usually sent by organized gangs.

Banking malware

Affects individuals and companies, mainly those in charge of managing a company’s accounts. Most commonly they are financially motivated. This software exploits vulnerabilities to take control of the victim’s computer, so that the person no longer has control over it (the mouse stops working or does not obey movements, the alleged online banking window stops loading…).

Risky behaviors on social networks

Social networks have suffered and are suffering reputational crises due to the buying and selling of user data, since, in exchange for our use, they obtain our information and benefits, mainly through advertising. It is essential to avoid negligent and risky behavior on networks, such as publishing photos of ID cards, airline tickets or concert tickets, since anyone can make a duplicate and use it in our place.

The complete articles are available on News-365-1 and News-365-2.

To learn more about these crimes, do not miss the opportunity to enroll in C1b3rWall Academy 2021 for free and in the Master in Cybersecurity of the University of Salamanca.

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.