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Beware Of Your Personal Data Stored Online

The risks of data loss grow with more and more people working outside of your network. Therefore, the need to protect your business roadmap, your product database, your customer files and your reputation is important now, more than ever.

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Aiming to raise awareness and promote data protection practices, top cyber security experts have advised there is a serious need to be alert and aware about how data is collected, used and shared and what steps need to be taken to better manage personal information.

“Be careful about what information you send via email. Ask yourself, could there be an implication if someone was to access this information,” said Sunil Sharma, Managing Director – Sales, India and SAARC, Sophos.

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“The risks of data loss grow with more and more people working outside of your network. Therefore, the need to protect your business roadmap, your product database, your customer files and your reputation is important now, more than ever,” Sharma told IANS on the ocassion of Data Privacy Day that aims to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy and safeguard data.

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“Data Privacy Day is a timely reminder for organisations that maintaining privacy of customers and employees data is a continuous work and must be defended against ever-evolving cyber threats,” added Surendra Singh, Country Director – Indian and SAARC, Forcepoint.

“Cybersecurity needs to be more than skin-deep, and in order to outpace the evolution of attacks, must look to adopt differentiated approach- such as behaviour based cybersecurity — to stop breaches before they occur,” Singh added. (IANS)

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There Are No Organized Crime Mafias in Cybercrime, Says Study

The research also debunked common misconceptions that sophisticated organized criminal networks - such as the Russian mafia - are the ones creating cybercrime

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Cybercrime groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per year. Pixabay

There is no ‘Tony Soprano mob boss type’ who is ordering cybercrime against financial institutions globally, say researchers, adding that there are no such thing as organized crime mafias to date.

Cybercrime groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per year.

“Certainly, there are different nation states and groups engaging in cybercrime, but the ones causing the most damage are loose groups of individuals who come together to do one thing, do it really well – for a period of time – then disappear,” explained Thomas Holt, professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University.

Holt said that organized cybercrime networks are made up of hackers coming together because of functional skills that allow them to collaborate to commit the specific crime.

“So, if someone has specific expertise in password encryption and another can code in a specific programming language, they work together because they can be more effective – and cause greater disruption – together than alone,” said Holt, the co-author of the study.

Holt and lead author ER Leukfeldt, researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, reviewed 18 cases from which individuals were prosecuted for cases related to phishing. “We found that these cybercriminals work in organisations, but those organisations differ depending on the offense,” Holt said.

“They may have relationships with each other, but they’re not multi-year, multi-generation, sophisticated groups that you associate with other organised crime networks,” he noted in the journal International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

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There is no ‘Tony Soprano mob boss type’ who is ordering cybercrime against financial institutions globally, say researchers, adding that there are no such thing as organized crime mafias to date. Pixabay

As things move to the Dark Web and use cryptocurrencies and other avenues for payment, hacker behaviours change and become harder to fully identify, it’s going to become harder to understand some of these relational networks.

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The research also debunked common misconceptions that sophisticated organized criminal networks – such as the Russian mafia – are the ones creating cybercrime. “We hope to see better relationships between law enforcement and academia, better information sharing, and sourcing so we can better understand actor behaviours,” Holt observed. (IANS)

One response to “There Are No Organized Crime Mafias in Cybercrime, Says Study”

  1. Whoever wrote this story must be bought and paid for by Google they are the biggest thieves online today taking 2 pennies from everyone and every website online and the proof is right before your eyes if you care to look. Alphabet Inc. aka. Google is the largest organized crime group and I intend to prove it in a United states federal court case no. 3:19-CV-00527-DJH-RSE. The case is going on right now.