- The best way to fight cybercrime is with proper awareness: Experts
- New Cyber Crime Awareness Campaign Launched
- Cyber Security Cybercrime Awareness training
The best way to fight cybercrime is with proper awareness: Experts
Describing cyber crime as a rising menace in India, experts on Thursday said proper awareness, assessment, and implementation of security policies were the way forward to fight the malady.
Discussing the nuances of cyber security threats at a seminar in Kolkata, they said that with the offenders in the country constantly evolving, corporates need to sharpen their security at an equal speed to overwhelm the mischief makers.
“India is called the ransomware (a virus) capital of Asia. The cyber threats are rising too steeply here that corporate should not only enhance their security protocols but also impart security training to its employees to minimise the risk factors,” said Sandeep Sengupta, chief of a city-based data security company. “Risk assessment and risk management, implementation of security policy is a must for the corporate sector. Also, a quarterly security audit of network, a software audit and data centre audit would help in preventing the hacks,” he said at the seminar “Information Technology – Challenges and Opportunities” organised by the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Debit and Credit Card Fraud, Bank Account Hacking
Echoing his statements, senior officers of state police’s cyber cell said issues like debit card and credit card fraud and bank account hacking, that was not reported frequently even a few years back, have become everyday incidents now. “In cyber crime, the criminal has an advantage of anonymity and they do not have to be physically present to harm someone. The fraudsters often get friendly and build a relationship with people to get access to personal information. As a result, sectors like banks and BPOs, dealing with valuable data are facing the heat,” Bidit Mondal, Officer-in-Charge, Cyber police, Bidhannagar Commissionerate said.Cautioning against fake websites coming up with job offers and fake emails offering hefty loans, the officer said, “though there is a substantial improvement in police infrastructure against cyber crime in the last few years. awareness among people is the key to fighting it.” On the legal challenges against the cyber offenders, special public prosecutor Bivas Chatterjee described the proceedings as a slippery slope as collecting evidence about such crimes and authenticating it is difficult.
Social Media Crime
“In case of a cyber crime through social media, the biggest hurdle is to get the necessary data from the service provider. Unlike the telecommunication companies, the social media websites often refuse to share their user’s information due to security reasons. They even decline to share the IP address used to post or share something online,” said Chatterjee, who deals with Cyber and E-evidence law. He said one should be made aware of the fine line between investigation and violation of human rights in these cases.
“I have proposed At the national police academy that they start a course on human rights violation during the investigation of cyber crime. One has be careful as so much of personal stuff is shared online nowadays,” he said. “Police should be 100 percent sure before arresting someone as things like IP and email and other online identities can be duplicated,” he added.
Source: First Report
New Cyber Crime Awareness Campaign Launched
Cyber crime has more than doubled in the last year and can potentially affect anyone with access to a computer, mobile phone or tablet, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner are warning in a new campaign launching today.
Between June 2015 – June 2016 total recorded cyber crime rose by 119.4% compared to June 2014 – June 2015, with over 5,000 crimes reported.
Social Media Crimes
The majority of these crimes were ‘cyber enabled’ – for example personal attacks on social media rather than pure hacking type offences
Biggest increase has been in harassment and unwanted contact offences – making up 52% of all reported cyber crime offences
Carole Pearson of Cleckheaton suffered at the hands of cyber criminals.
Fraudsters called her on the phone pretending to be from a well known multinational technology company. They claimed that her computer was full of porn but that if she paid money, the problem could be fixed.
Mrs Pearson ended up paying over £14,000 of her life savings until she realised she had been conned.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before to me – it has had a massive impact on us – it is heart-breaking.
“This was my pension money and was supposed to be for our future – but I felt really bad when it happened – it was supposed to be out nest-egg.
“There is now no chance of getting this money back.”
Carole only uses the computer for surfing the internet and a bit of line shopping
“I would advise people to be careful – especially when giving personal details out. If someone calls you up about an issue like this then say you will call them back, go on their website and use the number listed there.
“I am disappointed in myself that something like this could happen.
West Yorkshire Police is one of only a few forces in the country to have a dedicated cyber crime team, thanks to an investment by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.
Mark Burns-Williamson said “Cyber crime is a key threat to individuals and our communities alike and that is why I made funding available to create the dedicated cyber crime team. The team are doing some fantastic work to safeguard our communities but they can’t do it without your help.
“Mrs Pearson has shown great courage in sharing her story and I hope that it will encourage people to think about their own online safety and reduce the chances of this happening to anyone else.
“Victims of cyber crime can be reluctant to report it for a number of reasons but I would always urge anyone who thinks they may have been a victim, or anyone that would like some advice on staying safe online, to contact West Yorkshire Police or visit their website www.westyorkshire.police.uk/blockthewebmonsters.”
The Cyber Team is run by Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit – Yorkshire and the Humber;
“Mrs Pearson’s case is tragic but by no means unique. The computer is the new crowbar for criminals and they are hiding behind a computer screen to prey on people.
“Many people think so-called cyber-crime is a victimless crime – they think only large financial institutions or large businesses suffer and when members of the public are caught up in the crime then they get their money back anyway.
“That certainly isn’t the case. Mrs Pearson is just a normal member of the public who was going about her daily business and has now lost a lot of money – money she is unlikely to ever see again.
“Mrs Pearson has decided to speak out to warn others about the dangers and help people to guard against becoming a cyber victim.
Be Aware of the Risks
Cyber crime may be on the rise but there are some steps you can take to greatly reduce the chances of you becoming a victim.
“One of the best ways to protect yourself is to be aware of the risks,” added DCI Smith.
“That is why we are having this campaign and why Mrs Pearson has bravely relived what happened to her – if you are aware of what can happen you are much more likely to take precautions against it.
“I would urge people who perhaps see themselves as more ‘cyber savvy’ to speak to their friends and relatives who perhaps don’t know their way around the cyber world so well.
Keep Software Up-to-Date
“I would also urge everyone to update their anti virus software and also always be cautions when responding to a phone call or email that sounds strange.
“If a company calls you or emails you ‘out of the blue’ then don’t respond immediately. Go online and check their website and if you still have concerns then contact them using the details on their website.
Backup Your Data
“It is also a good idea to regularly change your passwords and to back up everything on your computer – so if a hacker got into your computer and installed ransomware – if all your important family photos and other documents are securely backed up then the problem becomes an inconvenience only.
“Cyber enabled crime is also an issue we are seeing more and more of – people who would once fall out with each other in the pub are now doing so via social media.
“In such situations, we would always urge people to be cautious about what they say and to who on social media and be considerate of the impact it can have.”
During the campaign West Yorkshire Police will be hosting a series of ‘Facebook live’ conversations – to be held today – 12 – 1pm and on Friday (same times). For full details please visit the West Yorkshire Police website.
Source: West Yorkshire Police UK
Cyber Security Cybercrime Awareness training
Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing areas of crime and cyber security has become an increasingly important requirement for global business. Years ago, we worried about paper documents that were left behind on desks. Nowadays, our focus of attention is on hackers and crackers using malware to gain access to systems, take over industrial control systems and are after our intellectual property.
The many reports in the media confirm this development. Initially, the risk needs to be reduced by taking the appropriate technical measures. But never mind which expert you ask, awareness and training of employees is key. But what does such a training program look like and how do you change the behavior of employees who have no interest in information security?
Possible topics for a Cyber Security Awareness Program are:
- Secure Use of Email, with email simulation, exercises to learn how to recognize phishing and malware
- Secure Web Traffic, with a web browsing simulation exercise to learn how to recognize reliable web pages and certificates
- Use of Social Media. How much information do you share about yourself and the organization?
- Safe Use of Password
- Bring Your Own Device
- The New Way of Working
- Social Engineering
- Spotting and Reporting Incidents