The most dangerous cyber criminals are the ones without twitter accounts!

Introduction

Cyber security is the catch phrase of 2013, and it will probably be around for another 5 years before another one comes along.   The trouble is that cyber criminals are out there and they are stealthily stealing everything that is  not well protected.   It is not just a business information, it is passwords to systems, your bank details.   In fact it is possible that someone has already stolen part of your virtual identity already.

What are they after

Cyber criminals are after one thing – anything that they can steal that will make them money.    They will do anything and everything to gain access to you as a virtual person.   They will use any means to gain access to something that is yours.   Targets include usernames and passwords to any site.   They go after large databases of secured and unsecured information that they can then manipulate using a rainbow table to hash their way though the encryption.

There are a number of ways they do this.   The malware, spyware, virus, worm, Trojan and ransom ware.   The field is wide open.

One piece of information will lead to another, then to another and so on.   For instance they gain your user name and password on A site.   They get this information because you have used a simple password, or you have an infected computer or they have hacked the web site.   With this small piece of information they take the username and password and use it against other web sites.   You may have used the same information to set up GMail.  They now have more information about you.   From this they can go through your email and find out your Facebook, twitter or linkedIn profile.

See where I am going with this.   It doesn’t take much to compromise your virtual ID and from,there your ass is grass, as the saying goes.

How do they communicate

The elite hackers and cyber criminals do not have a twitter account.   They may have an email address.   They communicate over highly encrypted tunnels or off the internet totally.    They are hard to track and even harder to discover what they are talking about.

The first thing you know about them is a name, usually in a discussion on lesser cyber criminals.   These are the criminals who talk in bits and bytes and with a little effort can make you life a living hell.

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself.   

  • Get a complex password for everything you do on the Internet.
  • Have a different password for every site that asks you to create an account
  • Keep you computer clean with operating system and application updates.
  • Use a good anti virus – forticlient is brilliant and is free and totally supported.
  • Be careful with social media don’t tell the world who you are and where you are.
  • Never follow short links unless you know they are safe.
  • Protect your intellectual property
  • Protect your website with updates and do regular scans of it.
  • Be careful with E Mail

Do our $49.95 online security awareness course.   Cyber Security Awareness Program

 

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.

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