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Crime in quarantine? or not… Ransonware attacks.

Crime in quarantine? or not… Ransonware attacks.

There is no doubt that confinement makes crime more difficult, and the authorities have found that the commission of crimes has been reduced by half. However, behind this presumably good news, from SAGUÉ ABOGADOS PENALISTAS we want to warn that the increase of digital communications and internet consumption in a generalized way by all citizens, The increase in cybercrime may lead to a significant increase in crimes committed through the network, cybercrime.

We use the term “computer crimes” or “cybercrimes” to refer to a group of criminal conducts that are either carried out using computer means or violate the rights of the owner of a computer element. These are a wide range of crimes that violate the privacy and dignity of individuals, sexual freedom, property and the security of the State, among other legal assets.

Thus, the state of alarm decreed on the weekend of March 14, 2020, with the obligation for all citizens to stay at home in the face of the coronavirus crisis, has led to the connection and use of the Internet reaching record highs in Spain, a situation that has not gone unnoticed by cybercriminals, This inevitably leads to the concentration of more users and, therefore, a greater number of victims within their reach.

The list of cyber-attacks is very extensive, but today we want to focus on one of the most relevant and dangerous malware currently in existence: ransonware.

The ransonware is a type of virus that denies users access, by encryption or blocking, to files on their infected computer. The ultimate goal of these attacks is to request an economic ransom, usually in some kind of virtual currency in exchange for decrypting the information. (cyber extortion). In this way, the fear of losing files indefinitely causes victims to pay large sums of money, making the crime much safer and more profitable.

Rasomware is especially dangerous for companies and institutions that deal with sensitive and intimate data of their customers, therefore, from SAGUÉ ABOGADOS PENALISTAS we recommend, today more than ever, to all these corporations, the need to keep backup copies of all information considered relevant in operators outside the network, except for the minimum time necessary to update data, and especially try to avoid exchanging data with the outside.

The most common forms of attack are by means of a web page which downloads the malicious software onto the user’s computer, as well as through a simple e-mail, individuals should try to avoid entering unknown web sites, opening attachments from suspicious or unknown senders, and even confirm with the known sender why he/she has sent you an unexpected e-mail asking you to provide personal data.

In the unfortunate event that the user, individual or company, has been a victim of this type of cyber-attack, SAGUÉ ABOGADOS PENALISTAS recommends that never give in to the offender, never pay the ransom, You should promptly go to the nearest police station so that they can refer the case to the department in charge of cybersecurity. Giving in and paying the ransom will never guarantee that the user will regain access to the encrypted data, and may even have the opposite effect, with the user being subject to further attacks or being asked for a higher amount of money.

In short, we hope that during these weeks precautionary measures will be taken in the computer systems of the Health Centers, especially, as well as in the free navigation through the network of each and every one of us.

It’s going to be all right, so keep up the good work!