We are more likely to face crime online than in the street

The number of Britons targeted by cybercrime is expected to overtake conventional crime for the first time this year.

Internet security experts claim that up to 19 million people will come under attack from hi-tech criminals, generally involved in identity theft.

A burglary or someone smashing your car window to grab a radio, used to be the sort of crime we were facing, but today’s Britons are facing up to the growing problem of internet crime which can be carried out from the other side of the world as well as on the next street.

These so-called “Hacktivists” are targeting big businesses, such as the VISA and MasterCard credit card companies and since the release of the WikiLeaks furore, this has highlighted concerns about cybersecurity.

UK police officers specialising in hi-tech crime conducted a survey which found that 79 per cent of people have noticed a steep increase in cybercrime activity within the past six months. Identity theft and so-called malware attacks, in which spying software is unknowingly downloaded on to a home computer, are considered among the greatest threats.

Alarmingly, recent studies have shown that many of the people using Wi-Fi at home to access the internet do not have security in place. This means it is possible for criminals to hack into their system and steal identity details. The survey, commissioned by web security experts found that almost one in two people now believe they are more likely to fall victim to cybercrime than conventional crime.

The rise of smartphones, tablet and notebook computers is making users more vulnerable.

The reality is that technological advances provide not just benefits for the legitimate users, but also present potential opportunities for criminals to exploit. Users need to ensure they think about security and protection of their devices and their data.  Security experts from MYSecurityCenter say “Anyone who spends a lot of time online should commit to taking their online personal protection seriously.”

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Tweeting into trouble: Worm hits popular site

 

Using Twitter, the popular microblogging site, could land your computer in trouble. A rogue worm has hit the site, which directs the victim to an IP address, asking to download a fake antivirus.

MYSecurityCenter is warning you – if you are Twitter user – beware. We suggest to all Twitter users to refrain from downloading any links posted on Twitter. Exercise caution while clicking on any link in tweets inside the e-mail message, instant messages or web pages.

Twitter is a website offering a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets.

Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the user’s profile page.

The scam spreads through malicious links abusing the goo.gl URL shortening service. If an unwitting user follows the links, they are directed to a fake anti-virus page after multiple redirections.

From there, the domain redirects the user to an IP address pushing a fake antivirus. Once on the website, the victim gets a warning that his/her machine is running suspicious software.

The user is then invited to remove all the threats from their computer by downloading a fake anti-virus called Security Shield.

Del Harvey, director of Trust and Safety for Twitter, had tweeted that the company was working to remove the malicious links and reset passwords on compromised accounts.

Similar attacks on Facebook, Orkut and other sites had come to light. With their growing popularity the networking sites are a favourite with hackers.

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