Cybercrime has been on the rise in recent years. Cybercriminals have detected the vulnerabilities of companies and use it to attack blackmail and ask for economic ransom for their data. Silvia Barrera Ibáñez is a police inspector and head of the Technological Crimes Group of the Superior Headquarters of La Rioja, participates in C1b3rWall Academy 2021 with the conference “Awareness” in which she will talk about the crimes that affect companies.

 Most common cybercrimes in companies

CEO Scams. Man in the Middle

These are very sophisticated and company-targeted scams, usually carried out by organized gangs that spend a lot of time figuring out how to access specific information or assets of the victim(s). They use social engineering and passive eavesdropping on communications over a long period of time with the aim of carrying out high value scams that generate significant loss.

Banking malware in companies

These are sophisticated browser-based attacks on the affected company’s computers where, by operating through its online banking system, the attackers manage to gain remote access and operate the victim’s account. During the time of the attack, the victim’s computer is blocked, and no action can be taken.

Ransomware. Device hijacking

Ransomware encrypts information (applications, client databases) and criminals ask for payment in cryptocurrencies to decrypt it. These attacks are very common and are becoming increasingly specialized. It is advisable not to pay and it is crucial to contact a forensic expert or an IT company. On websites like NoMoreRansom you can check if your device has been infected with one of the ransomware variants for which there are free decryption tools.

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To learn more about these crimes, don’t miss the opportunity, register for free at C1b3rWall Academy 2021. You can also deepen your knowledge of these and other internet security issues with the Master in Cybersecurity of the University of Salamanca. Registration is now open for the call that will open in February 2022.

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.