New technologies have substantially improved our lives. Any management is faster, more comfortable and agile than in past decades. Useless displacements, long lines at the windows of public administrations or banks and the hours of traffic jam to reach any hospital and request a medical consultation are over. Now in a matter of seconds from home or the office you can meet the tax obligations, buy or sell any item, book a restaurant, schedule a medical appointment or purchase a plane ticket. The advantages of the network are endless.
However, the dangers lurk at every click. No one gets rid of them. Not even online experts, those who work on the internet. On the contrary, it is the group most exposed to these risks, to succumb in the networks of criminals, who roam freely on the Internet. In fact, 62 out of every 100 ICT workers acknowledge suffering online security problems.
And it is that criminals have not only adapted to new technologies, but have become true specialists in the field. Chameleons, camouflage themselves with the appearance of legality while waiting for any unsuspecting to fall between their claws.
This is evidenced by the latest statistics on the use of ICT products prepared by the National Statistics Institute (INE). Nearly ten million Spaniards openly acknowledge having been victims of a network security problem in the last twelve months. The incidents occurred and admitted by the citizens to the INE are varied, as well as the circumstances that cause the guard to be lowered in terms of digital security. There are those who, due to carelessness or carelessness, do not meet the minimum essential safety requirement, such as activating an antivirus that guarantees a free and clean way for Trojans.
In the hands of counterfeiters
The most frequent accident that affects more people is being re-directed to fake websites, that request personal and private information. Apparently, one might question how it is possible for someone to fall into the trap. But it’s easy. The aesthetics of the forgery is identical to the authentic one with some exception. Once that data is provided, the die is cast and stays at the mercy of cybercriminals. The authenticity varnish is such that this crime suffered in their own meats nothing more and nothing less than almost six million Spaniards in the last twelve months.
In fact, it is usual for criminals to duplicate the websites of certain companies and financial entities. That is why, at the same speed that the unscrupulous of the network learn to imitate, the cybersecurity templates of large companies and financial institutions are also instructed, in order to prevent their clients from being victims of fake websites.
Another of the most common crimes on the web is phishing (fraudulent messages). This is one of the most used methods by cyber criminals to scam and obtain confidential information fraudulently, such as a bank account password or credit card. This scam was suffered in the last twelve months by the negligible figure of 6.7 million Spaniards, according to the data held by the Statistics National Institute.
The robbers, every day, have it easier. They no longer need to pull a bag on the street. Once the passwords of the cards are obtained or cloned the same, they are thrown to spend the money of other people’s plastic seated calmly in the sofa of their house. In fact, more than one million people were robbed in the last twelve months using this system.
This crime was borne more by men than women, more distrustful in providing information through the network, and, above all, from 25 years to 34 years, age at which the purchasing power increases slightly and coincides with the age range that most uses the internet.
Almost 350,000 people were harassed, intimidated or discriminated against online
The cyber criminals managed to cheat more than 384,000 Spaniards economically by different methods (online identity theft, fraudulent messages or being re-directed to fake websites).
This number of scams coincides with that of the people whose identity was stolen over the network in the last twelve months. Meanwhile, almost 600,000 hacked your email account in search of the necessary information to clone cards or directly the bank account number with the secret keys.
In all cases the pattern was repeated. Men were more auspicious victims than women between the ages of 25 and 34, coinciding with the fork in which they navigate most.
But not only the elderly were victims of scams. The smallest of the house accessed pages considered “inappropriate” by the National Institute of Statistics. In the last twelve months, almost 977,000 sailed through spaces not suitable for them.
But not only that, but they were also victims of harassment. In fact, every day it is more common to suffer harassment, intimidation and discrimination by the network. These three crimes are usually common not only among minors, but also among young people between the ages of 25 and 34. In total, 349,107 people were subjected to harassment, intimidation and discrimination by the network.