Module 8 of C1b3rWall Academy 2021, “Online scams. Means of payment”, just 8 months since the beginning of another program and the course already has more than 50,000 students from different parts of the world. We are grateful for the participation of all the speakers who have accompanied us on this journey, but above all, to all of you who form part of the C1b3rWall community, which continues to grow.

In Module 8 we have four specialists who will address the most common scams that occur in the network during online payments.

  • “Scams with cryptoassets. Principles of cybersecurity and data protection”, Pablo Fdez. Burgueño from PWC.
  • “CEO scams in O365 I”, Antonio Sanz, from S2 Grupo.
  • “Scams in the network through Means of Payment”, Beatriz Gómez Hermosilla, National Police.
  • “How to detect a cryptocurrency scam? (And not to fall into it) I”, Alberto Muñoz, UNED

We begin this unit with a lecture by Pablo Fernández Burgueño, who will describe the relationship between current data protection legislation and cryptocurrencies.

Blockchain and data protection

We usually associate blockchain with concepts such as functional transparency, immutability, decentralization, anonymous validators, historical permanence, global access to data or unlimited publication (no censorship).

Moreover, data protection is implemented in the European Union and elsewhere through transparency in processing, the right to delete, rectify…, identified controllers, identified processors, limited retention period, confidentiality, and data minimization.

As for cryptocurrency wallets, this is an asymmetric cryptography solution: we have a private key to sign documents, guarantee the integrity of the content and order transactions; and a public key as a unique user identifier to receive transfers. There are several types:

  • Mobile
  • Hardware
  • Desktop
  • Service provider (exchange)
  • Paper

Regardless of the type, we must implement security in transfers, such as establishing strong passwords, establishing a double authentication factor, and making copies of the private key. The majority of the times someone attempts to steal our passwords to make unwanted transfers, it will be through scams or phishing, although it can also be due to errors in the address or in the cryptocurrency itself.

In the blockchain not only monetary transactions can be written, but computer codes in general, such as smart contracts, letters and numbers that can be personal data, as well as tokens referenced to files (NFT) that can contain data.

This is just a part of what you will learn in Pablo’s talk, I invite you to enroll in this module to delve into a topic as interesting as transactions in blockchain.

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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.