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 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.