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khaley | 03 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing on the Internet. And it’s not just Silicon Valley startups that feel this way – cybercriminals do, too. In fact, most types of cons and crimes have migrated to the Internet. Nigerian prince scams remain alive and well, finding more willing victims. Robbing banks is now done with a mouse. And in 2012, we saw that kidnapping (called “ransomware,” and in this case holding your computer hostage) finally became viable on the Internet.

At this point, which crimes haven’t gone digital? Well, fortunately technology barriers still remain when it comes to crimes of violence (though some might argue that a DDoS attack comes close), but you might be surprised to learn that blackmail is gaining traction on the Internet.

In February, the Singapore Police sent out a notification warning of a rather tawdry blackmail scam. In essence, female scam artists secretly recorded online sessions with male victims...

khaley | 15 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Targeted_Attacks_in2012_1280x394.jpgSome of us are numbers people.  We like nothing more than digging into a big batch of numbers.  I confess I’m the other type of person. I still fumble around a spreadsheet and can’t add without the aid of a calculator. For numbers people the ISTR is a terrific document. This year’s report is 160 pages of numbers that do a pretty good job of describing the threat landscape. If you’re a numbers person, feel free to dig in to the full report. You can also check out highlights in this graphic.

If you’re like me, and not really a numbers person, then read on. I’ve bullied my way through the numbers so you don’t have to. Let me give you the highlights, some of the interesting...

Marian Merritt | 05 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

The Norton Cybercrime Report is out for 2012! Cybercrime continues to have far-reaching effects- and increasingly a problem on mobile devices and in our social networks (where we seem to be less vigilant).

After surveying more than 13,000 consumers in 24 countries, the researchers found that the numbers of online adults increased by 20 percent from last year, and that cybercrime impacted just under ½ of them in the previous 12 months. The total direct consumer cost was calculated to be $110 billion, slightly down from last year’s $114 billion (USD), with the average cost per victim down approximately 20 percent. The reason the overall cost remains so high is that the pool of victimized online adults grew more rapidly - in other words, less money, but from more victims.

The nature of the crimes is shifting towards the social networks we love and the mobile devices we use constantly. Consumers seem to...

Patricia Titus | 17 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

People have the curious ability to get used to almost anything over time. Whether it’s learning to fall asleep to traffic noise or coming to accept wrinkles as we age, we often become comfortable with our situation.

While this adaptability can be a good thing, sometimes it leads to complacency. In the constant fight against cybercrime, for example, becoming comfortable is the last thing people should do. In their quest to steal information, cybercriminals are constantly changing their methods, just like how a human virus evolves in the real world. To keep information safe, we are continuing to evolve new defenses against these attacks. But with so many threats out there – where do you start? Well, don’t try to boil the ocean!

One of the biggest mistakes we see is when organizations secure the endpoint and really lose focus on what really matters, the data! Security means more than protecting your smartphone, laptop or PC. It’s also about the...