02-07-2013 11:10 PM
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Innocence isn’t an excuse besides staying safe online is easy as 1 2 3. Start by being familiar of the online threats expected to be born this year.
Madware shorter term for mobile ware is one of the cyber threats you should be aware of. This will bombards handsets with intrusive adverts which will also target your tablets and PCs.
Ransonware is another scam yet to scare you online. This scam attempts to scare users into paying a ‘fine’ for illegal online activities – locking up PCs and informing their owners they owe money to law enforcement agencies.
The birth of the Royal baby will bring a huge opportunity for online crooks to spread viruses and spyware through rogue links disguised as news and pictures that relate to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new arrival.
Peter Wood, security expert for Know The Net, said: “With Prince William and Kate Middleton expecting their first child in July, scammers are certain to try and profit from the public interest. “How many people would be tempted to click on an email promising ‘First pictures of the new royal baby’? Don’t open any emails if you don’t recognize the source. It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re in any doubt about the nature of an email, don’t click on any links or attachments, and don’t respond. If your email system allows it, simply mark it as spam, junk or a scam, otherwise delete it.”
They seem to notice that people don’t buy to their old tricks so rather than conning people into handing over their personal and financial details using disguised links and fake webpages, it takes a whole new approach to internet fraud.
Ransomware will lock a user’s computer, preventing access and displaying fake logos and images to try and pretend that the lockdown has been carried out by a law enforcement agency.
And of course they wont do that without purpose, they will then asks for money in return for unlocking the computer, paid via online sites, with those affected afraid to challenge it fearing they’ve done something wrong.
“An investigation into one of the smaller players in this scam identified 68,000 compromised computers in just one month, which could have resulted in victims being defrauded of up to $400,000.”
The pair supposes the ransomware industry could be worth a minimum of $5million per year from victims and have identified at least 16 different separate variants so far.
The focus now is in Britain, Europe and America where the gangs are now moving from other types of web fraud into this newly profitable area with the majority of attacks.
However, Mr McDonald and Mr O’Gorman foresee the growing hazard could cause in-fighting between cyber criminal gangs as it begins to hit the profitability of existing forms of malware.
“Ransomware is a very obvious malware, it is not subtle, or discreet. The presence of ransomware on a computer will usually prompt the computer owner to clean the machine thoroughly, removing any malware from it., the report concludes.
“As the ransomware may have been installed by a separate piece of malware, that other malware will also be removed, cutting into the malware operator’s business model.”
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Mr Haley added: “Symantec anticipates an increase in malware attacks that steal payment credentials in social networks or trick users into providing payment details, and other personal and potentially valuable information, to fake social networks.
“This may include fake gift notifications and email messages requesting home addresses and other personal information. While providing non-financial information might seem innocuous, cybercriminals sell and trade this information with one another to combine with information they already have about you, helping them create a profile of you they can use to gain access to your other accounts.”
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Peter Wood, security expert for Know The Net, believes owners let down their guard, treating a tablet more like a mobile than the home computer they’d usually keep secure. And also expect the surge in popularity of tablet computer ownership will prove a boost for online criminals.
He said: “Remember to treat your tablet in the same way you do a laptop or desktop and only open links from people you know.
“It is important to check that apps are genuine before installing them.
“Another simple step to avoid being defrauded is to ensure you use a PIN to protect your device and set up strong passwords to secure your social networks and email applications.”
02-12-2013 10:37 AM
Very unusual post!sounds interesting.
You Posted it
So I don't understand what is unusual about it to you?
05-03-2013 01:30 PM
05-17-2013 07:23 PM
I got the ransomware thing. They need to send it to some Power Sellers..j/k
I have 10 ads up. I saw $300 and I almost PASSED OUT.
If ANYONE says I OWE $300, just thinking about it makes me sick and stressed.
$300 is a little more than half my VSD baby's monthly formula cost.
So, I shut my computer right off. Pulled battery and plug. Then I tried rebooting like twice and
once in safe mode. Then Windows wanted to repair my registry and I let it for 15 minutes,
but it was 4AM...So, I shut it off again and then it booted up and I restored it.
My sales are BAD already, If I had $300 just laying around, I would buy a computer. eeshh
These scammers seem to think American = Rich or something. <--
05-18-2013 03:46 PM