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Cost of Cybercrime

A video worthy of your attention: Cyber crime costs more than $400 billion a year

A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and computer security firm McAfee shows the impact of cyber crime is massive and getting bigger each year.

$400 BILLION.. (that we know about).. Pshaw! That’s just a drop in the bucket. Let’s stick with the status quo a while longer.

More good news: Ransomware “Svpeng” strikes US, leaves Android devices unusable

Discovered last July by Kaspersky, Svpeng was initially used to steal payment card information from Russian bank customers. As of this month, however, a separate version of the malware has been locking up U.S. victims’ devices so fraudsters can collect a ransom.Read more..

Today’s quote:Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.” ~ Jim Butche

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

June 14, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, security | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Everyday cybercrime — and what you can do about it

Folks, here is an “educational” Ted Talks video I think everyone should see. I hope you will forward this on to your less-savvy friends and family (and urge them to watch it).

Today’s quote:It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” ~ Mark Twain

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 17, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Naked Online Sunday Beauty

Former White House CIO: You Are Naked Online

A former White House CIO and security consultant says people are giving away too much data and personal information online — to the point where the average American is stark naked in a digital sense.

Payton described one consulting client that actually thought its offices were bugged by competitors — but then realized that employees were spreading too much confidential information through social media. “Nobody needs to bug you,” she said. “They just follow you around on FourSquare.“” Read more..

Humans are funny.

The dark side of geo: PleaseRobMe.com

You know all those people who push their Foursquare and Gowalla locations out onto Twitter? Now there’s an aggregator for aspiring crooks who want to rob their houses.Read more..

And, for those of you who are curious, yes. I want to see what having the word “naked” in my title does for my ratings. But here’s your Sunday Beauty..

Click on image to see more by this artist

“Garbage Only” by Peter Kaminski, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Okay.
So that wasn’t “beauty”. But it is visually interesting (I think). Hope you are all enjoying the holiday.

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September 2, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, security | , , , , | 5 Comments

$1 Million Reward Offered

As so often happens when the Powers that establish Law and Order fail to protect us, folks take matters into their own hands. It’s only natural, I think.

One doesn’t really need to study, or be particularly tech savvy to know that there really isn’t enough being done to prevent cybercrime.one-million-dollars

And, I think we understand that there are aspects to this *new* “shadow economy” that make it very difficult, if not impossible, for the Powers That Be to be effective, should they even try to do something about cybercrime.

The other day, when a person called me (at Aplus Computer Aid) for my help “to make these porno popups go away”, and I had to tell them that they had been tricked into installing a rogue antivirus.. and explained all the implications.. they were somewhat stunned, and muttered, “I’d like to find the guy who did this to me..”
His was a typical reaction.

(For more on rogues, and to see an instructional video, please see my article, Scare Tactics.)

Almost everyday, someone asks me, “what is being done about this?”, and I tell them the truth; basically, nothing.
How would you find the guy? And when/if you did track him down, in the Ukraine, or China, or Bangladesh, or Peru.. how would you prosecute him?

I am pleased to report that cybercrime is being taken more seriously by the Powers, and the laws are changing. International cooperation is starting to happen. But that didn’t stop an estimated $105 Billion dollar loss last year.
BILLION.
$105.
(Hey, that’s what insurance is for.. right?)

But let’s get back to today’s title, shall we? I just read that recently a company had received a blackmail threat:
St. Louis-based Express Scripts disclosed last week it received an anonymous letter that included the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and, in some cases, prescription information of 75 members. The writer or writers threatened to release millions more of similar records if the business failed to pay an unspecified sum of money.

Cyber-extortion.

After following proper procedures (such as notifying law enforcement), and looking at all their options, a new — and I hope effective — strategy was decided upon. This company has decided to offer a $1 million reward for information leading to the conviction of these extortionists.

They’ve posted a bounty.

History has shown that where’s there’s a bounty, there’s going to be bounty hunters.. and so I hope that this is just the first such offer of reward. Somebody needs to go after these guys, before they make the Internet so unsafe it’s unusable (and at the present rate, that’ll be next year).

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments