Spain is the third largest country with the highest number of cyber attacks after the US and Russia. More than 100 million accounts of all types (worldwide) have been hacked in the last few months. The number of attacks has more than doubled compared to the same period in 2022.
In Spain, 3.7 million accounts were stolen between April, May and June. In France, that figure is 3.1 million. In the United States, this data amounted to 50 million accounts, and in Russia it exceeded 12 million.
The most common crimes
Among the cybercrimes committed in 2022, the most common were:
- Phishing: Sending emails that impersonate companies or public bodies and solicit the user’s personal and banking information.
- Internet payment fraud.
- Tech support scam: When the criminal misleads the victim that they have a technical issue with their device and asks them to pay for their services.
- investment fraud.
- Fraud for trust or romance.
The increasing use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram or TikTok has led to attacks increasing exponentially. Many tech-savvy criminals impersonate users to steal information from them so they can steal their data.
Experts warn that security is a fundamental tool to combat such crimes and that in addition to regularly checking passwords, using strong passwords is fundamental to prevent possible theft.
They also warn that great attention should be paid to the information shared on the Internet, since cyber criminals might use it to do evil deeds and thus try to bribe the person.