Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yummy candy

Yummy candy

Cybercrime is like some yummy candy for too many people. Internet crimes are increasing in number and variety despite efforts to combat them. The losses that this kind of criminals cause worldwide are count for millions of dollars.

Therefore, it is not surprising that almost a quarter of British users claim that at least one of their internet accounts was hacked. Hotmail, Yahoo and Facebook are the most affected services, but cybercriminals also seek accounts directly related to financial data such as Paypal and eBay.

To reach their "sweet reward", criminals have to be constantly up to date. In fact, it seems that the Zeus banking malware family already has a version for 64-bit structures.

Many of those who are involved in this type of shady business demonstrate a complete lack of morals. In this regard, there are running at least two phishing campaigns using the impact of Nelson Mandela’s death to attract the user’s interest. One of them, comes with a Trojan attached and the other one promoting a “fake” raffle in order to seduce users and take over their personal details.

Nevertheless,  we are sometimes ourselves those who make it very easy for them. For instance, in Spain, over a third of users do not take any security measures when connecting to a free Wi-Fi network and 15% of them even go for online shopping or access their bank account carelessly, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Sometimes reckless acts on the Internet can lead to a irreparable damage to our personal image. This is what happens with this practice called "sexting". It is particularly disturbing to see how teens send spicy pictures or videos of themselves, but they do not realize that this material can be easily transferred to others. In such situations, it is not even necessary the participation of a hacker or a computing expert to cause immediate damage.

After all these news, some of you may wonder what direction criminal masterminds will take on Internet next year. According to Websense, it will raise the number of targeted attacks at the expense of the decrease of mass advanced malware threats. In addition, ransomware and cloud computing -as a target for attacks- will play an important role in 2014.


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