Cyber Crime Black Market Exploding Worldwide
August 13, 2012 8:08 PM
comment(s) - last by
Infographic explaining cyber crime and security
(Source: Rasmussen College)
Governments and police authorities are scrambling to try and catch up to global demand of stolen information from cyber criminals
Growing up in the United States, children are continually warned about potential “real-world” crime that plagues only a small number of the population each year. However, more people are now becoming victims of cyber crimes, and there is very little being done to help protect Internet users – and companies routinely targeted.
Increasingly, the looming threat of cyber crime is hitting us at a rapid pace –researchers estimate organized crime groups collected more than $388 billion from identity theft and other crimes in 2011. Amazingly, cyber crimes are quickly approaching the $411 billion industry involving the trafficking and selling of illegal narcotics, according to Rasmussen College researchers.
Criminals are developing their cyber crime skills that include phishing, internet scams, identity theft, and other sophisticated attempts to steal personal information.
For internet users looking to protect themselves, researchers have a few basic tips: not using a single password for all online accounts, avoid clicking unsafe links, connecting to secure Wi-Fi accounts, keep security software updated, and be careful about what you’re posting on the Internet.
That’s all fine and dandy for casual Internet users, but what if the problem is a structural issue from corporations and the government?
The U.S. government is now making its own cyber security a more pressing matter, though very few people seem to know what to do.
Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman, believe the Pres. Obama administration should utilize an executive order for cyber security. Lieberman and Rockefeller haven’t had success with efforts in Washington because certain industries aren’t happy they’d be forced to adhere to stricter digital standards.
Obama is interested in
seeking longer prison sentences
for digital criminals, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has
a cyber operation plan
to standardize military cyber operations.
Even with all of this talk regarding U.S. vulnerabilities, the U.S. government has found success launching coordinated attacks. In addition to temporarily
crippling Al Qaeda
, the U.S. has used Stuxnet and Flame to
target Iranian computer networks
In the long term, government legislation will not help protect the US government – and its citizens – from cyber attacks, but elected officials trying to ignore the problem won’t do any good.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
8/18/2012 8:51:55 AM
we need to root out the deficiencies that enable cybercrime rather than "treating the symptoms" -- as noted by another writer on this blog.
study the methodology used by cyber-criminals:
1. impersonation: assuming a false identity. Proper deployment of public key encryption (PGP,GnuPG) on e/mails, transactions, and software transmittals is the place to start
2. injection: (un-authorized updates) -- SQL, iFrame, "Man in the Browser", root kits, ...
3. executable documents: most modern documents -- html, flash, spreadsheets, word, jpeg, pdf -- can conatin executable code -- java, vbs, byte code, C#, .net, php ...
as a result all modern documents must be handled as though they were .exe files
this means we have to take a step back and re-examine the construction of our operating software
the operating software must never run an un-known program in "real" mode -- such programs must be run in "user mode"
in "user mode" programs are not allowed to actually run: we only allow simulation: testing to see what the program wants to do
to accomplish this, in user mode a program is not allowed to execute any privileged instruction.
privileged instructions include input/output, and memory allocation or access. these operations must be requested by the application program and the operating system will check these for proper permissions ( remember authentications above ) before performing such requests for the application
now we need to examine the security features of the x86/x64 chips to see how this could be done -- and whether it is actually being sufficiently implemented
the x86/x64 chips provide 4 privilege levels -- "ring0,1,2,3 as well as both memory protection and virtual memory
are these all being used properly?
read all the hacker reports
also Root Kit arsenal
then think about switching to Linux. I'm building my 2d "nix" box now. there's a lot of good software; maybe not every favorite from the earlier system but anyone interested in security is going to want to take a look. grab an older PC and put Ubuntu in; check it out.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
Latest By Michael Hatamoto
Nationalist Hackers From Turkey Cause Chaos, Deface Dozens of Sites
March 16, 2015, 12:29 PM
Flood of Apple Watch Knockoffs Hitting the Black Market in China
March 13, 2015, 10:12 AM
iSpy: Leak Reveals CIA Has Been Busy Attacking Apple iPhones, iPads
March 10, 2015, 5:03 PM
Study Predicts Self-Driving Vehicles Could Rake in Billions
March 6, 2015, 8:34 AM
Australian Engineers Successfully Developed 3D-Printed Jet Engines
March 2, 2015, 11:08 AM
Smartphone STD Scanner Dongle Can Detect HIV in Just 15 Minutes
February 26, 2015, 11:04 AM
Quick Note: Apple Opens Up iOS 8.3 Beta 2 to Developers
February 25, 2015, 6:00 PM
Bill Gates Plugs GMOs to Reduce Starvation in Africa
February 24, 2015, 10:12 PM
DARPA Awards Boeing Contract to Test Jet Based Satellite Launches
February 19, 2015, 11:30 AM
BlackBerry Wages Legal War Against Ryan Seacrest's Typo 2 iPhone Keyboard
February 18, 2015, 5:24 PM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
CNN Resorts to Internet Censorship to Promote Clinton Over Senator Sanders
October 15, 2015, 2:47 PM
Breaking Bad: How to Crash Google's Chrome Browser With Just 8 Characters
September 23, 2015, 11:08 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Mozilla and Facebook to Adobe: It's Time to Kill Flash
July 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information