What were the most common cyber-attacks in Albania during 2020?

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Cybercrime is a rising phenomenon in Albania, while numbers are believed to have sky-rocketed during the pandemic, including various forms of fraud.

The chief of the Cybercrime Investigation Sector, Hergis Jica, gave an interview for Euronews Albania’s documentary series “Unpublished” where he elaborated on most common cyber-attacks detected during the year we left behind.

“In the last semester of 2020, we carried 4 police operations, all differing from one another. We dealt with child pornography, blackmailing of a police officer, computer fraud offenses and illegal wiretapping or interfering with personal data”, Jica said.

What does illegal wiretapping mean?  

“Illegal wiretapping, to make it as clear as possible to the average person, means: If person A and person B have access to person A’s account, person B can definitely be accessed irregularly, so person B can see all data and communications sent to person A”, explains chief of the Cybercrime Investigation Sector.

Experts share various opinions when it comes to cyber offenses involving minors on social medias.

“Personally, I am against posting pictures of little children on social medias, especially if they’re under 13. Parents need to be highly aware, children don’t know whether they should post a photo or not, but what needs to be clear is that children under the age of 13 should are not allowed to publish photos on the internet”, says Ergest Nako, an expert in cybersecurity.

Last summer, an Albanian businessman was among the victims of cybercrimes. A hacker was able to extort circa €90.000 through e-mail.

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