Cybercrime
Cybercrime

Cybercrime

Cybercrime

It's the easier, more lucrative option for the career criminal. Get it right, hit the jackpot and the rewards are massive.

Cybercrime - the easier option !
Let's look at this like a criminal. Forget the sneeky shoplifter or, the desperate house burglar feeding a drug habit, I mean the more organised career criminal or, organised crime gang.
The banks and building societies have been beefing up their front shop security, making it more difficult for the bank and building society robbers. They don't carry much cash and anyway, the risk of detection is too great.
No point burglaring a place and breaking a safe that's got hardly any cash in it ? There's so much competition in the drugs game, the price of a fix is too low and the overheads are too high !
Cybercrime - criminals and the internet
Much cheaper to buy a computer and recruit a young, easily influenced computer whizz kid and let him go to work looking for ways to criminalise the internet !
In any event, do a few quick Google searches and the information is all there in front of you and if you know what to search for, it's easy to find and readily available, as is the expertise that you need to use it !
There's less risk of getting caught. They view it as a victimless crime (we know that it isn't) and instead of being restricted to stealing a measly amount of cash, the possible rewards are massive !
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Cybercrime

Cybercrime

Cybercrime - be warned, be prepared, be aware, be safe !

Cybercrime
10-09-2011
A shocking cybercrime report from Norton claims that the total bill for cybercrime in the past 12 months topped 388 Billion Dollars. The direct cost in cash is put at 114 Billion Dollars which includes the money that was stolen and the amount of money that was spent by the victims trying to correct the problems that were caused by the cybercriminals.
For example, if a cybercriminal obtains the details of your credit card and uses it illegally or, gains access to your bank account and makes an illegal withdrawal, there is a cost involved in putting things right ie. cancelling your credit card and obtaining a new one and/or, closing your bank account and all the hassle that this causes - setting up new standing orders and direct debits etc.
Norton asked people who had been attacked by cybercriminals to put a value on the amount of time that they had spent in sorting out the problems that had been caused as a direct result of the crime that had been committed and shockingly, discovered that the victims estimated the cost of their time at a further 274 Billion Dollars.
So, the total bill to be footed by the victims comes in at 388 Billion Dollars - a figure which Norton report as being far greater than the combined value of the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
Apparently, in the past twelve months, 65 percent of adults experienced and have suffered as a direct result of cybercrime, which means that more than a million people a day or, 14 people every second are falling victim to some sort of cybercrime !
79 percent of people who use the internet for 49 hours (or, more) per week have fallen victim, compared to 64 percent of people who use the internet for up to 24 hours per week.
According to Norton's report, the most common form of cybercrime is computer virus and malware infection with 54 percent of adult computer users declaring that they have experienced some sort of virus or, malware attack.
This is very surprising, especially when you consider that preventing this form of attack is very easy. All that you have to do is have one of the many virus/malware protection programs installed on your computer system (with the virus definitions up to date).
Online scams and Phishing rate as the second and third most popular form of cybercrime, closely followed by Phishing attacks by SMS messaging on people's mobile telephones. Phishing is something that we have written about in our Tic Top Tip column in the past and something that mobile telephone users have to be aware of and watch out for in the future.
With millions of interesting and informative articles available on the internet, there is simply no excuse, for not making yourself aware of the most prevalent types of cyber attack and taking a few precautionary measures that will help to protect you and your computer system.
Don't forget that, cybercriminals search out the 'easy' target and putting just a couple of hurdles in their way will deter them from trying to attack you. Everyone at some time or, another, has visited a malicious website and hopefully, most of those who have, will have not suffered as a result - why ? Because they have an anti-virus/malware program installed on their computer, they have their operating system configured to accept and install automatic updates and they regularly check their internet browser for current weaknesses.
Just implementing these three simple measures will protect you and your computer system from 99.9 percent of "badware" and cyber attacks.
I can almost hear the sceptics amongst our readers shouting "Norton are in the business of selling computer security software so, it's in their interests to frighten people with this report."
Well, I can offer those sceptics a word of advice, visit Cybercrime and have a look at the report. It has been professionally researched and presented and includes a methodology, definitions, source references and a brief biography of the authors of the report.
It's a good read !
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