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 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.