It’s estimated that cybercrime drains $600bn a year from the global economy, equivalent to almost one percent of global GDP. More security news Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down Malware found preinstalled on some Alcatel smartphones What happens when the cops get hit with malware, too? Google search results listings can be manipulated for propaganda In many cases of hacking and cyber crime, an innocent victim plays an unwitting role. It could be clicking a phishing link and unintentionally installing malicious software, it could be because they use the same weak passwords across multiple accounts: whatever the case, it’s common for people to accidentally become part of the cyber crime supply chain. “You could argue that 80 percent of cyber crime can be prevented. That’s a stat the government is using and I was using it in the police and it’s still apparent today,” says Jake Moore an ex-cyber crime investigator, now at security company ESET. “Eighty percent is still the weak link of the human firewall.” Most people are learning as they go along, because when it comes to how to use the internet, there’s no instruction manual on what to do — that’s leading to people making mistakes that could easily be avoided. “On a box of paracetamol you get all the risks on the back — and if you really want to go for it, you can read the leaflet inside. You don’t get that on the internet,” says Moore. “A smartphone and a… [Read full story]
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