Bigger than the drugs trade

Hacker and laptop smallIt’s official. The cyber crime industry is more valuable than the global drugs trade. In simple terms, that means cyber villainy is today a highly lucrative and widespread activity.

 A committee of UK politicians have spent the last ten months sifting through a mound of evidence, listening to the testimony of those charged with protecting cyber space and generally diving so deep into the subject they’ve even surprised themselves with what they’ve discovered.

 

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Phishers want your Facebook password!

FB magnifying glassForget about your bank details, it’s your Facebook password you should be worried about. Phishers are out in full force, in fact phishing attacks in the UK have tripled over the last 12 months, and they’re after your login details on Facebook, Yahoo!, Google and Amazon – in total those 4 sites account for 30% of all phishing attacks. Shockingly, approximately 102,000 people are affected every day.

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Calling All Vine Users – Spam Alert

Taking pic with smartphoneVine, Twitter’s video sharing app has quickly become one of this summer’s hottest communities. And until Instagram launched video, it offered a unique service for those looking to take and share videos with their social networks. In it’s first 6 months, Vine has gained 13 million users. Spammers have begun to target Vine. With such a large user base, there is some significant earning potential for cyber criminals. It’s no surprise then that cyber criminals have figured out a way to target the app and it’s massive user base.

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A Win for Online Privacy

Win photo copyGood News! The EU Commission has put in place a process for how telecom operators need to handle incidents of online privacy breaches and identity theft. This is a massive step forward in the defence of customer data. The technical measures have been implemented to ensure all victims of customer data breaches receive equal treatment as well as a solid response from the telecom operators responsible for the privacy and safety of that data.


Ask An Expert

Ask an expert internet security_blogWhile cybercriminals are striking all around the world, using similar tactics, we discovered slight variations in their approach for each country.

 To learn more about these local differences, we had our security expert Alex Balan talk to local security experts. He asked them each 6 questions about internet security in their country.

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School’s OUT! 5 Tips To Survive The Summer

Summer internet security tips_blogSo school is out and the kids are home and already driving you nuts…at least they’re quiet and safe when they’re on the iPad, computer or your smartphone, right? Wrong. The online world opens up a whole suite of potential risks, such as exposure to inappropriate content, cyber bullying, and more. BullGuard has put together 5 key internet safety tips for your kids, that won’t put them at risk, and won’t put your internet security at risk either.

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Fact: Facebook Graph Search Makes It Easy For Hackers To Get Your Private Data

Facebook graph search threats_blogJust recently, it was reported that a hacker leveraged Facebook’s Graph Search to collect information from the massive database. Data like phone numbers was obtained from thousands of users, which when matched with the username could have further implications on the users’ privacy. Facebook handled it by issuing the hacker with a cease and desist. It is not clear exactly how many Facebook users’ data was obtained, nor is it clear as to whether Facebook will choose to notify those users whose data was compromised.

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