Identity Theft, Is BIG Business… Part I

by KidsSafe on September 15, 2012

Identity Theft, Malware / Getting HACKED is a 2 part series on ID Theft. The articles will cover Identity Theft and the evolution over the last few years and how now it’s a hundreds of millions dollar organized crime business!! The 2nd article will be the wrap up, about Malware / Getting HACKED how we can protect ourselves and why we should do everything possible to keep our mobile devices and our home PC safe from these types of attacks!

Over the past two decades identity theft has become a hugely popular (organized crime activity) scam in which the thief steals an individual’s identity to use for their own benefit. Identity theft has always been around in one form or another but it is only in recent times, thanks to the World Wide Web, that it has become so widely used as a form of theft.

With online (OCA) scammers all over the world, it has become a potentially very dangerous place to give out any of your information. As a general rule to avoid identity theft, one should never give any bank or social security details to somebody online. If you are using your cards to purchase a product online, then use only trusted online shopping websites. You should always do a quick search on any websites that you are not sure about as your search engine will tell you if anyone has had any problems with said site.

Identity thieves are very smart people, their crimes are organised expertly to ensure that they can effectively steal any information from you that they can. The crime of identity theft is a big business worth billions of dollars each year so the criminals will go to great lengths to make you trust them and hand over your details. Read our recent post.

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Be extra careful with your personal details and be very cautious before you give any type of details to a person or a website.

Internet-related Methods:

  1. Hacking – compromised systems and observed, stolen and diverted information
  2. Unauthorized access – stolen passwords or hacked into a system online
  3. Database theft – through unauthorized access through remote means
  4. Phishing – fraudulent email and web sites appear legit but fool user into revealing personal information.
  5. Pharming – advance form of Phishing that redirects the internet connection between the user and the target server so that the user instead keeps going to a “mirror site.” This can happen because of an installed Trojan, by social engineering manipulation or by Internet DNS server cache poisoning of address mappings.
  6. Redirectors – malicious programs redirect the user’s network traffic to fraudulent sites. The Hosts file could be edited to insert incorrect address mappings on the user’s local hard drive or DNS servers compromised in the Internet or corporate or campus network.
  7. Advance-fee fraud – a scam where someone receives an email requesting advance money so a wealthy deposit of money can be freed from some third-world country and a reward will be paid back to you for your help. Similar to a fake email or letter announcing that you have won some lottery and need to respond and pay some fee to collect.
  8. Fake IRS Tax Form – you receive this fake form asking you to respond in 7 days or lose some special exemptions. You follow directions and fax it to a different location other than the IRS.
  9. Keyloggers, backdoors and password stealers – malicious program gets installed onto your computer, capturing and transmitting your keystrokes up to a hacker using your email or internet connection. Parental control programs for legitimate observation of children’s computer behaviors can be easily misused to spy on the computer user or an ex-spouse.

In part II read about the folks that are behind this and some solutions & and actions you can take or make to prevent this from happening in your life!

Who is behind identity theft?

  • Petty Criminals
  • Organized crime network
  • Terrorists

Get answers in Identity Theft, Is BIG Business… part II – How To Avoid Getting HACKED And Protect Yourself Online!

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4. Pornography  Click Here
5. Predators and Pedophiles  Click Here
6. The Choking Game  Click Here
7. Internet At Risk Behavior  Click Here
8. Social (Facebook / MySpace / Twitter) Networks  Click Here
9. Dangerous Drugs  Click Here
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12. Identity Monitoring  Click Here
13. Getting HACKED  Click Here

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