Social media platforms are a gift for hackers who want to spread their viral creations far and wide, and to as many people as possible. Most social media users don’t even know they’re infecting and infected, until something ‘strange’ happens to their computer.
The U.S has launched the largest hacking fraud case. The investigation behind this monumental case exposed 5 men in Russia and Ukraine that ran a hacking operation that allegedly stole over 160 million credit card numbers over the last 7 years. The total loss of these thefts is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars. Many of the victims are large corporations such as JC Penny, Visa, Dow Jones, and 7-Eleven. Just three of those reported $300m in losses.
Hackers love the opportunity to show off their skills and make easy money. That’s why social networks are a prime target for them. They don’t want to snoop around for its own sake, they want personal information that can be used to make dollars. But with good virus protection you can keep them at bay.
Getting online and chatting to friends via social media is now as common as talking to your neighbour. But your neighbour is not likely to dip your pocket or try and extract banking information from you. To keep yourself protected against the heinous and nefarious on social networking sites you need to practice good identity theft protection with simple antivirus tools – or you may suddenly find yourself seriously out of pocket.
It’s usually politicians who have an uncanny ability to put a foot in their mouths in the most spectacular of fashions. For example, in an attempt to woo the electorate a senior politician may stand up and say their party represents good old-fashioned family values.
Mobile Malware has seen the highest growth in the hacker industry over the last year, reaching it’s peak growth this year, at 614%. Growth of 614% in a year is a shocking stastic, but when framed against last years growth of 155%, it becomes even more substantial and the mind boggles at what we’ll be looking at in 2014.
Cybercriminals are well known for their preference to cash in on people’s interest in what’s new and hot in the e-world. Web sites apparently hosting the latest browser updates count as classic honeypots as it would almost be a shame for e-crooks to disregard the huge potential of security conscious users’ fears in the race for illegal gains.
The latest celebrity to fall victim to a social media hoax, was Jackie Chan. It was announced across several different social media sites that he had died after performing a stunt and jumping off of the 12th floor of a building. Some urged readers to watch the ‘original video’ of his death.
Destroying a myth: the unbreakable SIM card
Your personal information, banking and credit card info can all be at risk. If the phrase”SIM card protection” doesn’t ring a bell, then we strongly advise you to keep reading to learn more.
Before we get into explaining how a SIM (subscriber identity module) card can be exploited and why we need to secure it, we must first see what exactly the SIM card is.