Monday, December 16, 2013

Let's tell lies

Let's tell lies

“Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception” wrote the poet from Ancient Greece, Sophocles. Surely the vast majority of cybercriminals would agree with this statement, because their business is held on lies and fraud.

A large number of the scams experienced by users begins with an unsolicited mysterious email. A highly attractive promise is made to the receiver in this email in order to fool him. Thus, the innocent victim will eventually provide personal data, click on malicious links, or even open some malware attached. To make the whole pantomime a bit credible it is usually shield behind premium brands or important events.



Some of the brands whose image is most commonly used for this type of attack - known as #phishing - are related to the financial sector including Bank of America, Citibank, KeyBank, ADP, IRS, American Express, RBS, HRMC or PayPal; or to the technology one such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Xerox, DocuSign, Sage or Adobe.

It is also routine for us to receive random prizes in lotteries and sweepstakes in which we have not participated at any time. "Nigerian scams" are the perfect example of this. In the last case detected, criminals used Microsoft and Bill Gates’ names to catch some money from unsuspecting users.

It is precisely a Nigerian hacker who has found himself jailed in United kingdom for breaking into 238 students’ bank accounts and stealing their money. They were previously tricked by him and led to give their personal and banking details.

By the way, the Football World Cup Brazil 2014 is the next big event which is expected to be used as an umbrella for all types of cybercrime. In fact, Microsoft has already warned of the dangers that may appear on Internet associated with this feast of football.

Anyway criminals are not the only liars of the Internet. In fact, for years, Spaniards under 14 years have been able to cheat on their age when signing up for online services due to the lack of verification systems. But that is about to change since an authentication certificate will be integrate in the Spanish Electronic IDç.

Given this situation, companies should take care of their employees having their eyes wide open and not jeopardizing sensitive information. Nevertheless, according to security firm ESET, half of young professionals (18-30 years) are not aware that stolen data could be used against their company. Besides seven in ten do not know that a hacked device can be manipulated for future attacks.

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