Cyber Crimes up by 33% and Healthily Increasing. Are You Secure?

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

pc-securityBe prepared to protect your data in the internet or else you may land up in serious trouble. With our increasing dependency over the internet, the crimes have taken a steep hike too. According to a recent report, 10, 20, 33% crime rate has increased making 2008 the biggest year ever for reported cybercrime incidents.

The ICCC, a nonprofit organization run by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center dedicated to monitoring online fraud, issued a report Monday showing that fraud losses incurred from cybercrime reached a total of $264.6 million in 2008, compared to $239.1 million the previous year, Reuters reports. Losses in recent years pose a sharp contrast to cybercrime losses of $18 million in 2001.

- Channelweb.

Specifically the cyber frauds have taken this internet marketing sites as their easiest targets where people are conned to buy products that were never delivered and who knows if ever existed. US, UK, Canada, China and the bad ol’ Nigeria (remember 419 scam?) have been the hub of such activities.

As is expected, the cyber criminals are relying on social networking sites/ online marketing sites and reaching out to the real people barring the technological barriers. The unaware people are giving away. So please keep a check on computer security related updates denying hackers to harm your computer.

And if that wasn’t all, FBI officials said, only 15 percent of cases of cyberfraud are being reported to crime control agencies. Take that.

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