Healthcare providers, the holders of some of the most sensitive possible data on consumers, rank email as their worst cyber security threat, according to a study from Mimecast Ltd., conducted by
Four out of five Americans with an internet connection have made an online purchase and ecommerce is growing 23 percent year-over-year, so it stands to reason that millions of Americans will be doing a lot of their holiday shopping online in the coming weeks. In fact, Cyber Monday in 2016 was the single busiest online shopping day in history, with $3.39 billion spent.
And predictably, cyber crimes have increased as online shopping has grown more popular. A recent study by software application company OpenVPN examined reported cyber crimes, fraud and identity theft by state and found that Iowa ranks 45th, with one of the lowest instances of cyber crime and total reported losses among all states, based on FBI crime information from 2016.
According to the study, Iowans lost $5,013,079 to internet crime last year and the group of people affected most was men ages 5o to 59.
FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, Tashalee Rodriguez, of Boston, uses a smartphone app while shopping at Macy’s in downtown Boston. For the first time, analysts predict more than half of online traffic to retailer sites will come from smartphones than desktops during the busy Black Friday holiday shopping weekend. And though its still a small fraction of online revenue, mobile sales are jumping too. Larger phone sizes, improved retailer apps, more online deals and shoppers increasing comfort with shopping online are driving the trend. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
After shutdown of illicit dark websites such as Alphabay and Hansa in July this year, criminals are trying messaging apps to evade crackdown, a report by security researchers on October 25, 2017, revealed.
Over the past 12 months, there has been a 30-fold increase in dark web activities using smartphone –based messaging applications such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and Microsoft, and Skype, Israeli threat intelligence software firm IntSights said in the study.
IntSights uncovered San Francisco-based ‘Discord’, a lesser-known, 2-year-old messaging app that has reportedly emerged as a hub of dark web discussions, with several links of criminal forums. The firm identified 9,046 dark web invite links sent via ‘Discord’ by criminal groups run from Brazil and one in Turkey. Criminal groups use ‘Discord’ 20 times more than WhatsApp in India, Brazil and Nigeria while
A new report has revealed the true extent of online bullying as well as the impact it is having on young women. It shows that 53% of teenagers have had their photograph posted online to embarrass them, and nearly one in five teens have been threatened online.
The value of dark web ransomware sales rose 2,502% to $6.24 million (€5.27 million) over the past 12 months, compared to just over $249,000 in the previous year, according to a new report from US cyber security firm Carbon Black.
The company said it had identified over 6,300 locations where hackers had advertised ransomware services over the course of the past year, and over 45,000 product listings.
Prices for DIY ransomware software packages range from just $0.50 to as much as $3,000, but have a median price of $10.50, Carbon Black’s study reveals.
In some cases, ransomware vendors are raking in more than $100,000 a year by selling software designed to help hackers encrypt victims’ computer files and demand a payment in return for unlocking them.
Carbon Black warns that ransomware hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and are now leveraging cloud infrastructures to gain scale and speed.
At a time when parents are already nervy over the series of deaths of teenagers hooked onto the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge, a new study by Punjabi University, Patiala, has found that Indian school students actually face more online and offline bullying than those in some western countries.The findings, part of an upcoming publication titled “Bullying, cyberbullying and pupil well-being in schools: Comparing European, Australian and Indian Perspectives,” by Cambridge University Press, is being touted as India’s first multilateral social science research collaboration.
Dr Damanjit Sandhu, associate professor, department of psychology, Punjabi University, who was a part of the project, said bullying was found to be most prevalent among school children in India. Data was collected from 219 pupils in Amsterdam; 537 in Munich’ 815 in Annamalai; and 480 in Patiala. It was found that 77% of school children in India reported being a victim of
New research released by Symantec’s Norton division has revealed “a significant increase in the number of Australians reporting online harassment, jumping 20% in the last year from 50% (2016) to a staggering 70% (2017)”.
In an age where technology reigns supreme, this naturally “causes concern about how good online citizenship is constantly neglected, at the expense of the detrimental impact online harassment has on men and women”.
Norton says its study “aims to understand Australian exposure to online harassment ranging from unwanted conflict, trolling, character assassinations, and cyberbullying to sexual harassment and threats of physical violence, as well as the impacts of these experiences”.
We’re told that this year’s study “shows a general increase of people experiencing online harassment across all age groups, with the 40+