WHAT ARE CYBERCRIMES?
The use of computers and modern telecommunication networks with the intention of causing a harm or loss to someone is known as cybercrime. They have been around ever since the creation of computers and have gained popularity since the beginning of the new millennium.
Even though it may sound unbelievable, the first ever form of crime against technology took place in 1820 in France, when Joseph-Maria Jacquard, a textile manufacturer, created the loom. It was a device which was able to repeat series of steps used in weaving. Afraid their employment was being threatened, the workers from his factory sabotaged the device in order to stop Jacquard from using technology. However, today’s article is about crimes that affect the cyber technology only, not technology in general.
Fast forward 200 years and these crimes are at their peak. Cybercrimes have a huge effect on the global economy as they create a damage of more than 4 billion dollars, thus becoming the greatest threat to companies worldwide.
Malware, web based attacks, denial of services, malicious insiders, phishing and social engineering, malicious codes, compromised and stolen devices, ransomware, botnets, are the cyber attacks which created the biggest damage in 2017 with a combined cost of over $11.5 million.
Powerful antivirus solutions like BitDefender are a must-have, together with a strong firewall, but it is the end user who must be aware of the lurking dangers because personal carelessness is one of the main gateways hackers exploit.
There is an unspecified number of hackers in the world, and a list of the most famous ones follows.
- Kevin Mitnick, the most wanted computer criminal in the USA.
- Gary McKinnon, coordinator of the largest military computer hack.
- Robert Tappan Morris, the creator of the first computer worm.
- Julian Assange, the guy who created WikiLeaks.
- Anonymous, an international hacktivist group which targeted Amazon, PayPal, Sony, etc. as their victims.
We conclude with a quote from Newton Lee:
“As the world is increasingly interconnected, every shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace”.
As a society, we cherish our right to privacy probably more than anything else. Sharing is great, and we all enjoy it, but there is always that other side, the untold story, the personal, the secret. Now, let’s extrapolate this to a societal level. How many information is out there, purposely being concealed for the sake of greater good, for the sake of our own safety? The number is probably unfathomable. Today, when everything is online, and our lives are intertwined with a world most of us know nothing about, privacy and safety become an issue of epic proportions.
That is why we need to talk about cyber crime and utilize the very best VPNs. However, instead of writing a tract of tedious length, here is an infographic that outlines the most important cyber crime facts all of us should be aware of in 2018.