Hacking a site or a database takes a decent amount of skill and a lot of man hours, as you can imagine. But, there’s a new breed of hacker that isn’t as skilled… we’ll call them “aspiring hackers”. Instead of spending their days cracking code, they’re simply using premade hacking tools developed by more advanced hackers.
Identity Theft is a hot topic as we enter 2013. Hackers are developing more ways to steal identities, and it’s only getting easier for them. According to Time Magazine, 2.5 million dead people get their identities stolen every year. We are all at risk, and yet most do very little to protect themselves and their data.
Last week, Facebook announced its latest functionality: the Facebook Graph Search. As Facebook changes its look and functionalities often, you’ve probably asked yourself: “Ok, what is Facebook doing now?” In a nutshell, Facebook tries to follow in Google’s footsteps to create a built-in search engine that allows you to find things and… PEOPLE, more easily, based on relationship and context. Surely, all you Facebook groupies can’t wait to test it out, but cybercrooks can’t either. How’s that? Well, let’s dig a bit deeper, shall we?
Not only are phishing attacks increasing exponentially, but they are also becoming more and more advanced and more targeted. The latest discovered by researchers is known as “Bouncer List Phishing”. Unlike most bouncer lists, this is one list you really don’t want to be on!
Remember we’ve talked about how to become a better online citizen?
Now make a U-turn and think of… TROLLS. The anti-social side of being social. A threat to good manners and Internet etiquette. Trolling is all about deliberately and cleverly annoying people online and there are plenty of examples. To spot a troll in your online conversations on forums, blogs or chat rooms simply look for offensive or off-topic messages that disrupt the thread and try to start a riot!