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четверг, 14 июля 2011 г.

Hacker Attacks and Scamming: Who Will Survive?

Before writing my next soft review, I’ve decided to make the post, which is definitely very much related to IT technologies and internet as a whole – hacking and scamming.



Naturally, the web-industry has already faced huge hacker attacks, which proves the fact that even the government security system can fail. Yet, the latest statistics reveals quite stunning tendency, in terms of what kind of targets the modern hackers usually choose for themselves. In particular, it’s the newly-appeared hacktivizm, referring to hacker attacks, influenced by particular people’s social and political views, which is likely to overrate other kinds of hacking.

As for me, it’s mostly the lack of interest from the side of experienced hackers to break down versatile security codes just like that, without any large-dimensional aim in their minds. It has become the idea, not the money, which prevail, as you can now easily earn the money, in case you’re an IT pro. At the same time, it’s the desire to show one’s personal opinion publicly, concerning some essential events by means of attacking the government-supported site, for instance.

The appearance of WikiLeaks and its being unaccepted by official authorities, has, obviously, increased the number of world’s hacktivists, but it’s still hard to predict, how the events will develop in future.

As from my point of view, it’s hard to support these guys, as they’re not, actually, changing anything, but are rather showing off their skills. Still, there’s one positive aspect in this situation: it’s not the regular citizens and web users, who should now worry more).


On the other hand, is it true, that we, belonging to the average, can be absolutely confident, that there’s no more danger to our files now?

Unfortunately, we’re not, mostly because the number of internet frauds and spammers hasn’t really decreased. It’s not really pro-hacking, but is equally dangerous for you, and me.

Have you ever heard of what is Phishing, for instance? These guys implement their ingenious skills to send you a fake e-mail, as if from one of the reliable world’s companies, so that you’ll be willing to share some of your passwords, if being asked to enter them.


Or lottery and internet auction scamming? It’s far easier to yield a temptation to believe, that you’ve finally become that lucky one to win a huge price, than you can even imagine. In several seconds you find yourself ready to pay minute shipping fee, which can’t even be compared to the fortune you’re “going to get”.

Or credit card info stealing at some online shops? It’s seemingly even more frustrating….

But whereas in first 2 cases it’s only you, who should think twice before entering a password, in case with online shopping, it’s actually possible to prevent yourself from losing money in vain. That’s so as the respectable online shops now tend to order versatile data security certification, and place the certificate at their site’s interface, so that the user can be sure, that his/her money is safe, like ITM Secure, for instance.

At least some relief, I guess.


Anyway, stay reasonable and attentive, guys.

C ya soon, the new soft review is coming tomorrow.

Andy

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