In Dagestan, students will be given lessons on protection against IT scammers

Shamil Sapiyulaev is a student of the Faculty of Computer Technologies, Computer Engineering and Power Engineering of the Dagestan State Technical University. He won a grant of 260 thousand rubles for the implementation of the project “Cybersecurity is a friend of the XXI century.”

– In 2020, about half a million cybercrimes were committed in Russia. At the same time, according to expert data, less than a quarter of Russians have a high level of digital literacy. And every year this figure falls, and digital technologies, on the contrary, are improving, – the student told the RG correspondent.

By the way, according to the report published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on the state of crime in Russia in January-August 2021, during this period, almost 360 thousand crimes committed using information and telecommunication technologies (ITT) or in the field of computer information were registered in the country, which is 12.7 percent more than in the same period in 2020.

The largest growth among regions was recorded in Chechnya – 210 percent and Dagestan – 123 percent. Ingushetia with 63 percent and North Ossetia with 45 percent are also among the top ten outsiders. Two thirds of IT scams are carried out via the Internet, the rest via mobile communications. Basically (in 75 percent of cases) we are talking about theft and fraud. Another 10 percent is accounted for by the illicit production, sale or transfer of narcotic drugs.

– The Bank of Russia in the second quarter of 2021 initiated the blocking of more than 12 thousand fraudulent phone numbers. This is more than twice the figure for last year, ”said Murad Idrisov, Governor of the National Bank for the Republic of Dagestan.

According to the information of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs, the number of criminal cases opened in Dagestan on the facts of thefts and frauds committed using ITT has increased. Most often, fraudsters present themselves as bank employees, brokers, using fake numbers. According to experts, social networks and instant messengers are becoming a wide field of activity for swindlers. Attackers often hack accounts, use phishing, and create clone sites. The best way to protect yourself from online scammers is to end the dialogue as soon as the caller or writer begins to find out personal information or ask about funds.

According to Sapiyulaev, the goal of his project is to increase literacy in the field of information security through practical training among students of Makhachkala universities. DSTU is ready to provide premises and volunteers for this.

– I intend to invite speakers who will conduct seminars on Internet security for students. Then the final forum will take place, where the most active participants of the classes will gather. We will call authoritative experts working in the field of cybersecurity to him, – added Sapiyulaev.

By the way, Shamil has already been invited to work at the Ministry of Emergencies, where he will work in his specialty.

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