Extortion for content, one of the weapons of criminals

The dissemination of intimate content, as well as the installation of spy apps are one of the tools most used by cybercriminals

Extortion for disseminating personal content obtained through “sexting” and the installation of spy apps on the victim’s smartphone are two of the eight most common types of cyberviolence, according to the company specialized in cybersecurity and management of critical environments S2 Grupo.

The company S2 Grupo shared eight types of actions that are commonly repeated in cases of cyberviolence, with the intention of raising awareness about digital violence that has become one of the “big problems” on the Internet.

These actions affect, above all, those vulnerable people such as women who suffer cases of gender violence or children and minors. For this reason, bullying and cyber-violence behaviors must be known and taken into account in order to take action and be protected both in the physical and digital spheres.

Specifically, one of the most common types of violence is cyberextortion by sexting, which consists of the dissemination of intimate images, in such a way that they are ridiculed with sexual or vexatious content. In this sense, it is recommended not to send compromised or private personal images to any user, but, in the event that this occurs, they must be reported to the Police immediately.

Another of the types of violence in the digital world that is currently being used the most is the control of the victim through digital access to her computer or smartphone. This is done by installing spy programs or apps on the devices of the criminal’s target.

The objective of installing this type of program is to have control over everything the victim does, their location, their conversations through the various messaging systems, their social networks. In these cases, if the affected person discovers that a program of this type has been installed on their device, they must call on a computer technical team to remove it.

However, a prevention measure suggested by S2 Grupo is not to let anyone manipulate personal devices. In this way, it will be more difficult to allow this type of software to be installed.

On the other hand, cyberbullying, as in the non-digital sphere, is one of the most used ways to exercise violence and publicly insult people. This aspect is enhanced by social networks and is very common in youth environments, although it is increasingly occurring in environments of all ages.

The effects of cyberbullying can be very harmful, since various aspects of the victim’s personal life are attacked at the same time, and it is a way of spreading this harmful behavior, as well as humiliation, quickly through social networks. As possible solutions, these events must be reported on the website or social network where they occur. Likewise, if the problem persists, it must also be reported to the Police.

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Source: dpa

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