16 Jul Computer Hacking
Identity theft and Computer Hacking –
Criminals come in all shapes and sizes these days, most organized crimes gangs around the world are becoming much more involved in computer hacking. Criminal organizations can use their own hackers, hire college students, or simply buy large amounts of stolen information from professional hackers. Identity theft prevention is becoming a reality for many businesses and consumers.
The amount of personal information stolen online is increasing, it is estimated that over 43 million people have been affected by hacking within the last year in the US. Well-known brands that have lost data through computer hacking in the past 18 months include; Polo Ralph Lauren, DSW Shoes and BJ’s Wholesale.
There are underground networks of websites where criminals everywhere can buy and sell stolen information for profit. Which brings us to the question – What happens to stolen credit card and social security numbers? Much of the data stolen through computer hacking, including stolen credit card numbers and Social Security Numbers, will end up on a network of illegal trading sites where hackers and criminals from around the world will openly buy and sell large amounts of personal data for profit. Many of these sites have set up websites that are sold to criminals that help them begin phishing for information with emails that have already been customized for them.
How Computer Hacking Happens –
There are number of ways: Attacking computers that don’t have firewalls installed, Exploiting poorly installed networks, and especially wireless home networks, Hiding malicious code in downloads or free software, Hiding malicious code in images on websites and waiting for unsuspecting users to click on them, Employees or other trusted users simply accessing an unprotected computer, Installing keystroke loggers or other malicious code by hiding it in email attachments, Exploiting weak or poorly protected passwords, Exploiting browser vulnerabilities that have not been properly patched.
How to Stop Hacking and Identity Theft –
• Run scans on your computer on a consistent basis for viruses and spyware.
• Be sure to have firewalls installed on your personal and business computers.
• Set restrictions in the computer’s browser settings to limit access to harmful websites.
• Surf the web with caution: don’t enter sites and emails that look suspicious.
• Make sure your virus protection is updated regularly.
• Utilize identity theft protection resources.