Is your computer system safe? Are you sure?
President Obama’s Twitter account was hacked, by an unemployed technician in France, who claimed it was just for fun. But criminals with ‘Yes we can’ attitudes are on a roll. Showing they can be stopped, however, Spanish police cracked a ring last month which had stolen valuable information from some 13 million purposely infected computers around the world.
The 4th International Cybercriminality Forum being held in Lille, France, is adressing the soaring risk to companies, government and private users.
Police expert Laurent Bounameau, with the Belgian Federal Computer Crime Unit, said: “The most frequent threat is identity theft, using spam or social networking sites which are so popular. Once your identity has been stolen, other crimes follow, using it for Internet fraud, pirating bank accounts. Your computer can also be infected — commandeered — as part of a zombie network which is used to attack companies or government sites. This is the kind of cybercrime we are up against today.”
The forum was organised by the French National Gendarmerie with European Union support, to include debates and workshops — through public and private sector cooperation.
Bounameau said: “A study was done of some 50 companies in France and other countries, asking which countries had been found to be the origin of the most attacks. Russia, China and Nigeria were the top three, then others such as South Africa.”
Cybercriminality refers to all illegal activities using or targeting digital systems and networks. The forum aims to nourish ideas on prevention and repression of growing cybercrime. So… thinking of changing your passwords?