With dramatic advancements in the technological world, cyber crime is seen at large nowadays. Larger than it ever has been. The anonymity offered by the Internet plays a huge role in deciding the severity, type and seriousness of a cyberattack. All of these have become more and more serious and dangerous than ever. To understand these, we have listed below, some commonly found instances of cybercrime.
Anonymity: An Advantage?
Usually hackers attack all of a sudden, leaving no time for the prey to retreat or defend or recover, while hiding their true identities. The anonymity, as has been mentioned a couple times before, is one significant feature of the World Wide Web. Which gives rise to many problem. One of them is that you may never know who is on the other end. Which in turn can lead to troublesome situations at times.
Whenever you visit a website, a cookie from the respective website is stored onto your computer. A cookie may consist of your name, your address, your network IP and other important stats.Online businesses use these cookies to send promotional advertisement and sell different products and services.
A hacker also may use this very cookie to gain information about you. The information could be financial or personal and may be held against you or misused to draw some illegal advantage. A hacker may send an executable program to your computer or smartphone and will be able to read your passwords and access your accounts.
Cybercrime places you at a potential risk. Hackers in truth, are pretty smart and have all the updates about the weakness of systems, commonly used browsers, programming languages in which they are developed and the operating systems they run on. Nowadays, you may encounter a government agency, a bank, or even a trusted friend, who in fact is a hacker, without you even knowing or doubting.
A hacker aims to intrude in your computer and access the directory or root file of the system. From there, the hacker controls all the devices and steals all your information without even appearing on the system.
In the recent past, a startling number of businesses have fallen prey to hacking. These included Yahoo, Microsoft Explorer, Target and NASA. A user is suing Yahoo after nearly 450,000 usernames and passwords were stolen from the website. Executives of Target had to resign over the security breach. Government secret experts even issued a warning about the security concerns of Microsoft Explorer.
There a new alias for these attacks every other day. Torjan Horse, Zero Day, Blackhole, SQLi, XSS to quote a few. International Cybercrime Law Enforcement is collaborating in order to catch these criminals. In 2014, 24 credit card fraud artists were arrested from 13 different countries.