Internet safety is a huge concern that is increasingly becoming complex as more and more people connect to the virtual world. These crimes are particularly known for their instantaneous effects that can spread with incredible speed, causing wide-spread damages to the infrastructure as well as the persons or organizations involved.
There is a huge list of crimes that may occur over the internet. However, it’s important that you completely understand your vulnerability to protect yourself from the possible losses.
To help you with that, here are a few most common internet crimes that you need to watch out for.
1. Identity Theft
Identity theft occurs when a cybercriminal gets access to your personal information with the intent to cause financial losses or data damages. The crime may even pave ways for other related offenses such as tax-refund fraud, loan fraud, credit-card fraud, and other similar felonies.
The worst part of identity theft is that the crime may remain unnoticed for months and even years unless the cybercriminal commits a massive crime. Stealing and holding the information for some time before using it for a massive crime is becoming more common that is adding to the challenges of catching the perpetrators.
2. Hacking or Account Takeover
Hacking, especially, corporate account takeover is amongst the costliest and most stealthy types of cyber attacks. The felony typically occurs in three steps; obtaining credentials, using software to hijack the computer, and stealing funds or data from the victim’s system or bank account. According to an estimate, businesses have suffered the losses of $120 million due to electronic financial frauds in 2009.
The credentials may be compromised by opening attachments or downloading files from unauthorized sources. By allowing malicious programs an access to their system, users may inadvertently enable malicious users to steal valuable information and cause damages. With this in mind, it is important for modern firms to educate their employees about the potential risks and the needs for vigilant usage of the internet to keep their systems safe from potential cyber attacks.
3. Cyber Stalking
Cyber stalking entails online harassment that may cause the victim to fear about their personal safety or their online reputation. It primarily includes accusations, rumors, and harassment perpetrated through emails, text messages, and social media. Whether the stalker causes physical harm or makes you feel uncomfortable through repeated online actions, you may take legal action to protect yourself from the malicious intentions of the perpetrator.
Both the individuals and businesses are constantly vulnerable to internet crimes. If you have been the victim, take immediate legal action to protect yourself from the adverse effects of the cyber attacks. Contact us now to get expert guidance on internet crime and remedial options.