The impact of COVID-19 on the Spanish digital environment

May 18, 2020

After the situation caused by the health crisis of COVID-19, our Cybersurveillance team carries out this analysis in which the main changes occurred in the Spanish society, at a digital level, and its behaviour in the main social networks and digital press platforms are identified.

the impact of covid-19 on the spanish digital enviroment

COVID-19, a turning point in the digital environment

The beginning of 2020 has been marked by the arrival and expansion of COVID-19. A state of health crisis that would lead to the confinement of the Spanish population since March 14. From this moment on, the need for communication through the digital environment arises, and cyberspace becomes the main global common space.

Open sources become the main way of communication and social interaction

  • 42.3 M

    Mentions related to the health crisis, in social networks and digital press.

  • 40,4 M

    Of the mentions were produced in social networks, which become the main source.

A large part of work activity moves to the digital environment: telework

  • 26 M.

    From mentions to work, from home, in Spanish, for 27 days (source: Talkwalker)

  • 73 M.

    Of meetings through the collaborative work platform WebEx (Cisco), during March, doubling the results of January.

Ingenia informe Cibervigilancia. El impacto del Covid-19 en el entorno digital español
Ingenia informe Cibervigilancia. El impacto del Covid-19 en el entorno digital español

Cyberthreats in times of COVID-19

The increased use of cyberspace and the lack of awareness in cybersecurity has led to the emergence of risks and threats to which society, and the public and private sectors, have had to deal with.

The notable increase observed during this period is noteworthy, especially threats related to disinformation, cyber-scams and phishing, which resulted in Spain being ranked 4th in the world in March for threats related to COVID-19.

Phishing and scamming campaigns increase during the pandemic

  • 18 M.

    From daily malware or phishing emails related to the COVID-19 (source: Google).

  • 656%

    Coronavirus-related domains increased in March (from the previous month), 40,261 of which were classified as high-risk.

  • 50%

    It increases the activity of the Dark Web in Spain, with respect to connections made.

See the full report "The impact of COVID-19 on the Spanish digital environment"

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