Selva Orejón and Danilo Gelman participated in C1b3rWall Academy 2021 with a lecture under the title “From OSINT to K.O.”. The objective of this lecture was to learn about the new physical threats and attacks derived from the poor management of our information on the Internet.

Selva is a legal expert specialized in digital identity and reputation. Her company, onBRANDING, has been specializing in online reputation crisis management for celebrities, companies and anonymous citizens for the past 14 years. Meanwhile, Danilo has a degree in journalism and is a security consultant specialized in physical protection and terrorism for private companies and Jewish communities. He has more than 20 years of experience in providing security services to the Jewish community in Latin America.

On many occasions, the information available about us on the Internet has been published without our consent and is within the reach of our potential attackers. With this information, attackers can obtain the profile of a potential victim, their relationships, their routine, their geolocation… thus revealing high-risk daily, nighttime, holiday, etc., locations.

Behavioral guidelines

Regarding the victim’s exposure to a risk situation, a scale of four levels is usually defined according to the subject’s exposure on the Internet: critical, high, medium or low. Information on the family environment is very critical; sometimes it is easier to reach a target through his or her environment than through the targeted person.

How to protect yourself: final prevention tips

  • Configure privacy settings on social networks.
  • Accept requests or only follow people you really know.
  • Do not publish personal data (location, address, school…) and do not share it with strangers.
  • Beware of sharing geolocation.
  • Value the privacy of the information and images you publish, both your own and those of third parties.
  • Regularly monitor the information available about yourself.
  • Be aware of the harassment reporting tools offered by social networks.
  • Protect the camera of your cell phone, computer or tablet.
  • Do not open links or files of unknown origin: risk of phishing.

There is no such thing as zero risk; therefore, each company, enterprise or establishment must be aware of the associated risks. To this end, cybersecurity training is essential, the more knowledge we have, the better care we take of our systems and data protection.

To read the full presentation, please click on the following link. You can also learn more about this and other cybersecurity topics at C1b3rWall Academy 2021.

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.

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