Tech & Science Cybercrime: individuals, the preferred target of hackers during confinement

01:55  20 may  2020
01:55  20 may  2020 Source:   europe1.fr

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Cybercrime is defined as a crime where a computer is the object of the crime or is used as a tool to commit an offense. A cybercriminal may use a device to access a user’s personal information, confidential business information, government information, or disable a device.

The report analysed 32,002 security breaches and roughly 3,950 confirmed incidences across 81 countries, detailing the most preferred crimes used by hackers and reasons for engaging in cybercrime .

Les hackers ont multiplié les arnaques auprès des Français pendant le confinement, faisant des particuliers leur cible favorite. Mais avec le déconfinement ce sont désormais (aussi) les entreprises qui sont susceptibles d'être victimes de failles de sécurité. © LOIC VENANCE / AFP Hackers have multiplied scams with the French during confinement, making individuals their favorite target. But with deconfinement, it is now (also) companies that are likely to be victims of security breaches.

"They have adapted to the colors of the coronavirus ." Taking advantage of the context of anxiety and the fact that many French people were new to telework at the start of confinement, hackers have given themselves to their heart's content during the past two months. "Very quickly, we saw the emergence of fake mask sales sites" to "recover bank information", confirms at the microphone of Europe 1 Jérôme Notin, general manager of the site cybermalveillance.gouv.fr.

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The hackers would go on to steal credit card info and ultimately compromise the personal information of as many as 70 million consumers. Here's a look at the timeline of the cyber -breach that has since engulfed Target , prompted congressional hearings and led to an international manhunt for the hackers .

Cybercrime defined and explained with examples. Information commonly stolen to make these crimes possible include the individual ’s name, date of birth, social security number, and/or credit card numbers. These types of breaches allow hackers to snare huge blocks of information at a time.

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Numerous attacks against individuals, few against businesses

A phenomenon far from marginal, since the number of bogus sites jumped by "400% from the first week of containment. " But at a time when teleworking was almost widespread, hackers also opted for another method in order to extract money: "ransomware, these programs that encrypt data on a computer before asking for a ransom for them. recover". On the other hand, French companies did not face large numbers of computer assaults during the containment. "In general, there have been no major surges of targeted attacks on the French networks of businesses and communities," confirms Jérôme Notin.


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Cybercrime is viewed as more detrimental than fire, flood and transit strike combined. And, they were the target of 2 out of 3 of all cybercrimes . My writing spans business topics across the trading lifecycle - front to back. During my career I have interviewed leading bankers, brokers and exchange

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Updates necessary before reconnecting to the office

Nevertheless, cybercriminals could change targets with deconfinement, and the return of employees to the offices. "When teleworkers return to their companies, they risk reconnecting machines that have not been updated, especially in terms of antivirus", thus creating a security breach. The expert therefore recommends to "be very careful" and to upgrade all the software that needs to be, before "reconnecting on production networks".

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