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The Rise of the Cybercriminal

THE DIGITAL AGE HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO A NEW WAVE OF THE RISE OF THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET ARE THE TOOLS OF CHOICE FOR THESE CYBERCRIMINALS, CYBERCRIMINAL WHO ENJOY OPERATING UNDER A VEIL OF ANONYMITY. THE STATISTICS CAN BE SCARY, BUT YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE RISE OF CYBERCRIME. CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS Personal, Financial and Other Records Lost or Stolen ROUGHLY 4 OF RECORDS ARE LOST THROUGH DELIBERATE ATTACKS ON COMPANY SERVERS. THE REMAINDER ARE LOST THROUGH ACCIDENTAL COMPANY ERROR. 575,486,661 2013 Deliberate attacks in 2013 came from the following sources: 694,439,028 2014* ("AS OF 31 MARCHI THERE HAVE BEEN MORE DISCLOSED RECORDS LOST OR STOLEN IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF 2014 THAN IN ALL OF 2013. Malicious outsiders (57%) 44% EX THESE FIGURES ARE State sponsored (1%) CONSERVATIVE AS Hacktivists (2%) Malicious insiders (13%) OF BREACHES DO NOT DISCLOSE THE NUMBER OF AFFECTED RECORDS. MANY BREACHES ARE ALSO UNREPORTED. Half of data records stolen are FINANCIAL, including credit card information and account details. IDENTITY THEFT IS THE MOST COMMON CYBERCRIME, OCCURRING IN 60% OF ALL DATA BREACH CASES. FINANCIAL ACCESS accounts for 16% ACCOUNT ACCESS makes up 12% NUISANCE accounts for 8% OTHER DATA accounts for 4% of DATA BREACHES INDUSTRIES WITH THE MOST SECURITY BREACHES IN 2013 1 TECHNOLOGY (44%) 2 RETAIL (30%) GOVERNMENT (10%) 4 HEALTHCARE (2%) FINANCE (1%) 6 OTHER (13%) CYBERCRIME TARGETS USERS OF MAJOR COMPANIES TARGET Т-МОBILE DATE Late November, 2013 CRIME FILE ACCESSED ON T-MOBILE SUPPLIER SERVER CONTAINING: CUSTOMER NAMES ADDRESSES SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBERS NUMBER AFFECTED Undisclosed TARGET YAHOO.COM DATE Y December 30, 2013 to January 3, 2014 CRIME SPREAD OF MALWARE THROUGH AN AD ON YAH00.COM NETWORK NUMBER AFFECTED 27,000 visitors every hour during the period, located primarily in Great Britain, France, and Romania That's approximately 1,944,000 visitors affected TARGET TARGET DATE During the holiday season; reported December 19, 2013 CRIME STOLEN SALES ASSISTANT CREDENTIALS USED TO ACCESS CUSTOMER DATA NUMBER AFFECTED 40 million credit/debit card details 70 million other private records TARGET ADOBE SYSTEMS, INC. DATE Reported October 3, 2013 CRIME THEFT OF ADOBE IDS AND ENCRYPTED PASSWORDS, CUSTOMER CREDIT CARD INFORMATION, AND SOURCE CODE FOR PHOTOSHOP, ACROBAT, COLDFUSION, AND COLDFUSION BUILDER NUMBER AFFECTED 152 million data breaches involving around 38 million users TARGET SNAPCHAT DATE Made public in late December, 2013 CRIME HACKER PUBLISHED THE NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF MILLIONS OF SNAPCHAT USERS ONLINE TO HIGHLIGHT FLAWS IN WEBSITE SECURITY NUMBER AFFECTED 4.6 million Snapchat users FIGHT BACK AGAINST CYBERCRIME HALF OF ALL ID THEFT IS UNDETECTED FOR AT LEAST A MONTH. CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORT REGULARLY 10% ISN'T DETECTED MONITOR YOUR BANK STATEMENTS FOR TWO YEARS OR MORE, INSTALL AND UPDATE SECURITY SOFTWARE ON PCS AND MOBILE DEVICES DON'T SHARE PERSONAL DETAILS ONLINE MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES PRIVATE THINK BEFORE CLICKING POP-UP AND SOCIAL MEDIA ADS, AND EMAIL AND SMS LINKS UNIVERSITY OF Cincinnati http://onlinecjdegrees.uc.edu SOURCES: http://www.breachlevelindex.com/pdf/Breach-Level-Index-Report.pdf http://www.breachlevelindex.com/#sthash.waVslx0z.BAEN5M2V.dpbs https://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/cybercriminals-hit-t-mobile-yahoo-in-first-week-of-2014 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548573/Cyber-criminals-stole-Target-vendors-credentials-pull-massive-theft-personal-details-70-MILLION-customers.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/us-adobe-cyberattack-idUSBRE99S1DJ20131029 http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/01/snapchat-alleged-leak-4-million-users/ http://www.aicpa.org/interestareas/forensicandvaluation/resources/electronicdataanalysis/downloadabledocuments/top-5-cybercrimes.pdf

The Rise of the Cybercriminal

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Online crime is on the rise. Whether an individual or a major corporation, cybercriminals can attack anyone anywhere due to the anonymity of attacking from a computer. Learn how to protect yourself.

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