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The Biggest Data Breaches You Need to Know About


This detailed infographic by Josh Wardini, Editorial Contributor and Community Manager, Webmasters jury talks about the various types of cybercrimes, the deadliest breaches of 2017, and provides details about the regions that are affected by cybercrime the most. Cybercrime is any crime where a computer is the victim or target of the crime or is utilized as a means to facilitate the crime in question. Cybercriminals cleverly use computer technologies to access sensitive information, such as customer data and financial information, to use it for their criminal gain. They also use computers and technology for communication, transferring information and documents, or even to track the proceeds of their crimes. Common types of modern cybercrime include identity theft, bank theft, hacking, phishing scams, and spamming; as well as the more serious crimes, such as cyberterrorism and using technology to go after government agencies. Cybercrime, in general, can be split into two distinct areas: -    Crimes which target devices and computer networks. These crimes include viruses and denial of service attacks. -    Crimes which target networks to facilitate other criminal activities or to steal information, such as phishing, fraud, and identity theft. Cybercrime is a significant problem today, especially since we are growing ever-reliant on the internet and modern technologies which provide fertile soil on which cybercriminals can grow their empires. It comes in many different forms, including a few common ones to which people fall victim to each day.

1. Phishing Scams

Commonly done via email scams, phishing scams try to trick you into clicking on a link and submitting information. They generally look like legitimate emails from trustworthy sources (such as PayPal or your bank) and can dupe even the savviest of internet users.

2. Viruses

Computer viruses are a severe problem, and the deadliest ones can infect, take hold of, and steal data from your PC without you even noticing. Viruses are so vast and come in so many different forms that the best antivirus software needs to be continuously updated with thousands of new threats hitting the internet each month. If you do not have decent anti-virus software installed on your machine and a virus infects your computer, it could do all sorts of untold damage. Most of the time, viruses like to operate unbeknown to the user so that information can slowly be stolen and collated over time. Computer viruses are notoriously difficult to get rid of because they hide in files and can spread all throughout your computer.

3. Social Media Hacking

The role which social media networks, such as Facebook and Instagram play in our lives cannot be understated, and unfortunately, cybercriminals have caught onto this and started using social as a means to facilitate their crimes. When a social media account is hacked, especially an influential one, it can cause severe damage by spreading malicious links and false information, and seriously distress the account’s rightful owner. And given that social media is now primarily used as a means for companies to sell their goods, users who store their financial information on social media can be at a grievous risk.

4. Non-Delivery of Bought Goods

This is an old-school scam which affected users long before viruses and phishing scams became mainstream. Non-delivery is very simple - you buy an item from an online store and process the payment through PayPal. However, the vendor never ships your goods, and you end up out of pocket, and the scammer withdraws all the money from his PayPal account and closes it. By being in-the-know about the types of cybercrime which plague the internet and knowing what they look like, you can easily avoid becoming the victim of one.

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Written by Josh Wardini

Original Date: May 21, 2018  

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