Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Don't be so innocent or cybercriminals will take advantage of it

How many times did you wish to see the world with the innocence of a child again? When problems come to us, when situations are beyond us, we usually feel this desire to return to a time when we felt protected and free from the evils of this world.


But let's face it. We have grown, we have matured. Now we look at life with suspicious and unbelieving eyes. Fortunately, this suspicion is useful. For example, to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrime. According to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies along with the security firm McAfee, it is estimated that the global economic cost of cyber attacks reached almost half a trillion dollars. In fact, we should keep our eyes more open than ever regarding the imminent start of the Soccer World Cup in Brazil. A huge event like that is always a very juicy target for cybercriminals as it offers endless possibilities to trick users, according to a recent report from Symantec.

Whether there is World Cup or not, cybercrooks always have a good hook ready to fish some unsuspecting users. The promise of a quickly rise on the number of Twitter followers is always a good claim. However, Bitdefender warns that such practices may compromise the integrity of your account on this social network.

But not only ordinary users must leave their innocence behind. Organizations also have to keep maturing and working to increase their security levels. For example, to defend themselves against SQL injection attacks that, according to 4 out of 10 people surveyed by the Ponemon Institute, are a growing threat. Or to keep their websites safe from being hacked by malicious actors. In this sense, Google launched an information campaign on Google+ via hashtag #nohacked so G+ users are encouraged to exchange information and advice on how to protect their websites from hackers.

Speaking of hackers, at what age did you lose your innocence? At 13? At 14? A pair of Canadian 14 years old teenagers left far behind their toys and now they enjoy themselves making the Bank of Montreal (BMO) blush. They check an ATM’s old manual and decided to go to a bank branch and try to hack one at lunch time. Well, they actually succeeded and advised the bank of its security deficiencies. But as we said before, adults are skeptical, so they had to repeat the process and give strong evidence that what they were saying was true.

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