Posted tagged ‘Identity theft’

3G, the Future?

July 1, 2010

I have always been fascinated by technology! There is no question that technology has made life much easier. Out of all the things that have made life easier, I would have to say that the mobile phone is something I can’t live without! and to think that fifteen years ago the mobile phone as we know today was completely different. But now with the coming of 3G  its technology has been revolutionized. 

The Internet has become so much more accessable since the arrival of 3G, making banking and financial transactions more crucial. Experts say the cutting-edge 3G technology will be of great use in the banking sector and will replace internet banking. But it will be an easy target for cyber forensic experts. As faster Internet speed on the go by 3G, the number of frauds will go up too.

Identity and password thefts, phishing activities and hacking into bank accounts will increase and who knows maybe a newer type of cyber crime will emerge. In addition increased accessibility to pornography will be of great concern for all law-enforcing agencies and users. And How are they going to be tracked since there is  lack of convergence in law and cooperation around the globe?  

What’s your take on it?

Source:  expressbuz      

Keep your friends close, but your neighbors closer!

June 26, 2010

Have you ever been in a row  with your neighbor?! Well, be careful then! Here is the latest news from the U.S. Department of Justice. 45-year-old Barry Vincent Ardolf   has been indicted in federal court in the District of Minnesota for hacking into his neighbor’s wireless Internet system and allegedly posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill the Vice President of the United States and email child pornography.

Ardolf hacked into his neighbor’s wireless Internet connection and created multiple Yahoo.com email accounts in that person’s name. Then, he used one of those accounts to email the office of the Vice President of the United States. He signed the email with the name of the neighbor from whom he stole Internet access as well as the name of that person’s wife.  Actually he sent the email using the wireless router belonging to the neighbor, intending for the email to be traced back to that person. What a hatred to have for someone!

This isn’t the end of the story. There is much, much more! He posed as the identity-theft victim and used the email accounts he created in the victim’s name to send sexually-themed emails to three of the victim’s co-workers. Again, the he sent the emails through the victim’s wireless Internet connection, intending for them to be traced to the victim’s Internet account. In one of the emails, Ardolf attached an image containing child pornography. Ardolf also  created a MySpace page in the victim’s name, on which he posted the same image of child pornography. What on earth was he thinking?!  

At present he is being prosecuted and if found guilty and I’m sure that he will be, he could face up to 20 years just for child pornography distribution, 10 years for the pornography possession, five years for both the unauthorized access to a computer and the threats to the Vice President, and a mandatory two-year minimum prison sentence on each count of aggravated identity theft. However, all sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

The first thing that comes to mind when you read this is that you should always protect your computer from unwanted intrusion. Keep your anti-virus software and firewall up to date. In addition, make sure your wireless router is properly encrypted using the strongest encryption standards possible.

What’s your take on it?

I’ll take that, thank you very much!

April 22, 2010

It’s been a while that I’ve been receiving emails which are titled “Account Identification” from some well-known banks that I’ve never been a customer of or even attempted to be! Just out of curiosity, I went trough the emails even though it was clear from the start that some thing wasn’t quite right! As far as I know, most banking organizations nowadays don’t send urgent emails requesting the customers to provide information in such a hurry.

After looking at the emails closely, I noticed that they included links that didn’t lead where they appeared to. And also the interesting thing was the reason they wanted that information desperately which was “regular maintenance” turned up an account error of some type! Apparently you will most likely receive a letter in your mail from your bank explaining the situation.

These are the perfect examples of email phishing and email spoofing. It looks like threats for identity theft are everywhere you turn. Your email, your computer, your public records and published information on social networks and even your trash! all make opportunities for scammers to have easy access to your personal information. To prevent identity theft, you must constantly be aware of the ways the scammers will use to have access to your personal, identifying information.

So do your homework! Be suspicious if anyone asks you for your personal information. Always take your time to check whether it is a genuine request.