Posted tagged ‘Cyber Criminals’

What’s next?!!!

June 25, 2010

The newest of all crimes has become even newer! Cyber criminals are no longer board teenage kids looking to have some fun. Cyber crime is not being committed out of curiosity any more but  has fast become a profession with sophisticated Malvare products to market.  In Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report (SIP) which was conducted on 500 million computers around the globe to raise awareness on online threats world-wide.

The report states that attackers are now mostly prompted by the desire for profit and hardly ever  operate on their own.  For example, malware creators seldom conduct attacks themselves, but instead work with other criminals in online black markets to buy and sell malware kits and botnet access, says Desmond Nair, head of Microsoft South Africa’s Server business. 

Nair also added, “The report provides compelling – and chilling – evidence that cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated and packaging online threats that are sold on to others. What’s more, we now see clearly that cyber criminals target enterprise and home users differently.” This report raises awareness on online threats to enterprises and individual home users and also provides some remedies on security issues.

What’s your take on it?

Source: Read more from Mybroadband.co.za   

Go Go Go! Ole Ole Ole!

June 24, 2010

The world cup fever is here! Everywhere you turn there is talk of the tournament, so you would think that this is the best time for cyber criminals to take complete advantage of the situation. I was surfing the Internet earlier and I read about an interview that IT PRO made with the senior analyst at Semantec Hosted Services  Paul Wood about a recent report from Semantec MessageLabs Intelligence.

Based on the represented figures, spam and carried virus emails had a downward slope of 0.9 and 0.11 percentage points  from May. Meantime phishing dropped to 0.26 percentage points.

According to Wood although the figures show a fall in different forms of illicit activities, it is not clear that malicious web activity has lessened over the previous month. What is evident is that the world cup related threats sharply increased in the build-up to the tournament. Spam related Football keyword reached a quarter of  global spam since March 2010 to the days leading up to the big event!

Well, the world cup is such a huge event and now it has the world’s undivided attention and of course a base for cyber criminals to attack. To me what this figures show and what happened during the opening days are quite different. Criminals have become more sophisticated in their methods and shouldn’t be underestimated.           

What’s your take on it?

Source: Read more fromIT PRO

Not your typical criminals!

April 8, 2010

There used to be a time that cyber crime was about having fun or an itch hackers had to scratch. But now terrorists, white-collar criminals and hackers have taken it to a much higher level. During 2008-2009 illegal wealth that was generated via cyber crime surpassed that of drug-related offences. Cyber criminals have become the second largest community that fund impressive internet research. With the porn industry being the first. Now more than ever is the time for IT managers to increase awareness and design leak provision controls. let me know what your opinion is.

Source: Gulf Times. Read the full Post.