IPA Newsletter February 2022 - Word of introduction

05 Feb 2022

Dear IPA friends,

I hope that everyone is keeping well and safe.

In this month’s newsletter, I would like to address the issue of cybercrime and its prevalence despite the adverse consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

intro1Notwithstanding the challenging times that we are still facing, cybercriminals have managed to make the most out of the opportunities created during the pandemic, exploiting the fact that many of us work remotely and therefore rely heavily on the internet. The fact that a lot of people depend on teleworking provided cybercriminals with the necessary incentive required to explore new ways through which they can exploit unsuspecting members of the public, especially the most vulnerable ones.

Cybercriminals’ activities include (but are not limited to) attacks relating to e-commerce through which they can gain access to the victims’ bank accounts, child grooming and sexual exploitation through the internet, and highly sophisticated software attacks on large corporations and public institutions, such as health care providers, for ransom.

As Europol points out in its latest Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), although the Dark Web remains a vital tool for cybercriminals, they are now increasingly using other platforms which are freely accessible to everyone, such as social media and gaming platforms.

The use of these widely accessible platforms enables cybercriminals to expand their operations even further, which means that no one is immune from cyber-attacks.

It is therefore essential for everyone to remain vigilant and take all the necessary precautions required to protect themselves from this extremely serious type of criminality that can have a devasting impact on our lives.

To conclude, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and Covid-free year.

Kind regards,

Demetris Demetriou, Chairperson of the Professional Commission