ONLINE SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS YEAR: CYBER-BLACKMAIL AND THE ROYAL BABY

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This is one birth of a baby we
are not supposed to feel happy about, the birth of the Royal baby. This will deliver viruses around the world
and will target you mobiles and tablets. Innocence isn’t an excuse besides
staying safe online is easy as 1 2 3. Start by being familiar of the online
threats expected to be born this year. www.dailymotion.com/video/xxd07r_hass-and-associates-cyber-s
shorter term for mobile ware is one of the cyber threats you should be aware
of. This will bombards handsets with
intrusive adverts which will also target your tablets and PCs. Ransonware is
another scam yet to scare you online.
This scam attempts to scare users into paying a ‘fine’ for illegal
online activities – locking up PCs and informing their owners they owe money to
law enforcement agencies. The birth of the Royal baby will bring a huge
opportunity for online crooks to spread viruses and spyware through rogue links
disguised as news and pictures that relate to the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge’s new arrival. Peter Wood, security expert for Know The Net, said:
“With Prince William and Kate Middleton expecting their first child in July,
scammers are certain to try and profit from the public interest. “How many people would be tempted to click on
an email promising ‘First pictures of the new royal baby’? Don’t open any emails if you don’t recognize
the source. It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re in any doubt about
the nature of an email, don’t click on any links or attachments, and don’t
respond. If your email system allows it,
simply mark it as spam, junk or a scam, otherwise delete it.” Ransomware has
been predicted by Cyber security experts at Symantec, makers of the Norton internet
protection software range. They seem to notice that people don’t buy to their
old tricks so rather than conning people into handing over their personal and
financial details using disguised links and fake webpages, it takes a whole new
approach to internet fraud. Ransomware will lock a user’s computer, preventing
access and displaying fake logos and images to try and pretend that the
lockdown has been carried out by a law enforcement agency. And of course they won’t
do that without purpose, they will then asks for money in return for unlocking
the computer, paid via online sites, with those affected afraid to challenge it
fearing they’ve done something wrong. Do not buy if you were threatened saying
you were involve in some illegal activity when you for sure know the truth. This
scam is usually appear claiming the user has been involved in “illegal
activity”, before asking for the payment of a fine and setting a deadline for
when it should be paid up. A Growing Menace, Symantec’s Gavin O’Gorman and
Geoff McDonald state: “This www.dailymotion.com/video/xxd07r_hass-and-associates-cyber-s
is highly profitable, with as many as 2.9% of compromised users paying out. “An
investigation into one of the smaller players in this scam identified 68,000
compromised computers in just one month, which could have resulted in victims
being defrauded of up to $400,000.” The pair supposes the ransomware industry
could be worth a minimum of $5million per year from victims and have identified
at least 16 different separate variants so far. The focus now is in Britain,
Europe and America where the gangs are now moving from other types of web fraud
into this newly profitable area with the majority of attacks. However, Mr
McDonald and Mr O’Gorman foresee the growing hazard could cause in-fighting
between cyber-criminal gangs as it begins to hit the profitability of existing
forms of malware.

“Ransomware is a very obvious
malware, it is not subtle, or discreet. The presence of ransomware on a
computer will usually prompt the computer owner to clean the machine
thoroughly, removing any malware from it., the report concludes. “As the
ransomware may have been installed by a separate piece of malware, that other
malware will also be removed, cutting into the malware operator’s business
model.” One more Symantec expert, Kevin Haley, considers 2013 will be the year
when cyber terrorism begins to bare its teeth.

He says on the company’s blog:
“We will see the cyber equivalent of saber rattling, where nation states,
organisations, and even groups of individuals use cyber-attacks to show their
strength and ‘send a message’.”

The madware can send pop-up alerts,
change browser settings and gather personal information with the number of apps
featuring it increasing by 210% in the last nine months. Mr Haley added:
“Symantec anticipates an increase in malware attacks that steal payment
credentials in social networks or trick users into providing payment details,
and other personal and potentially valuable information, to fake social
networks. “This may include fake gift notifications and email messages
requesting home addresses and other personal information. While providing
non-financial information might seem innocuous, cybercriminals sell and trade
this information with one another to combine with information they already have
about you, helping them create a profile of you they can use to gain access to
your other accounts.” Peter Wood, security expert for Know The Net, believes
owners let down their guard, treating a tablet more like a mobile than the home
computer they’d usually keep secure. And
also expect the surge in popularity of tablet computer ownership will prove a
boost for online criminals. He said: “Remember to treat your tablet in the same
way you do a laptop or desktop and only open links from people you know. “It is
important to check that apps are genuine before installing them. “Another
simple step to avoid being defrauded is to ensure you use a PIN to protect your
device and set up strong passwords to secure your social networks and email
applications.”

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