Phishing attacks are often performed by sending out emails that seem to originate from a trusted party. The objective is to deceive the recipient to release sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, banking details, or credentials . Phishing is the term used to describe massive e-mails that trick recipients into revealing their personal or company confidential information, such as social security and financial account numbers, account passwords and other identity or security information. These e-mails request the user’s personal information as a client of a legitimate entity with a link to a website that looks like the legitimate entity’s website or with a form contained in the body of the e-mail. The aim of phishing is to steal a user’s identity in order to make fraudulent transactions as if the Phisher were the user.
Some hackers may use their power for the betterment of society, but the large majority uses their abilities to cause crimes. And what most people also lack to understand is that technological privacy can also be broken not just by individuals but with companies. During the holiday season of 2011, several New York City malls took the GPS locations of their customers for survey analysis; however they never informed their customers of the privacy invasion. Other companies and hackers use internal webcams from computers to spy on people (whether it is for business use or for blackmail). For my paper, I will further assess how often privacy is invaded with technological devices and how different people use this information.
1. Does the nature of ChoicePoint’s business make them more vulnerable to this sort of attack? Which aspects? Aspect of ChoicePoint’s business | Effects on vulnerability | Basic Purpose- ChoicePoint’s mission is to provide information that is reliable through a secured internet channel to fulfill the data needs of various firms for a variety of purposes. | * Using the internet as a primary source of information transferal immediately adds to the threat of cyberattacks, in addition to the ability to commit fraud due to the fact that ChoicePoint does not physically interact with the businesses it, at least to confirm the business’ credentials | Changes in clientele- ChoicePoint’s initial customer base was based in the automobile industry, and had recently expanded into a variety of different industries for data collection and sale | * Having only been accustomed to particular industries beforehand, ChoicePoint is ill-equipped to deal with numerous small businesses and the challenges they pose, including, but not limited to, their authenticity.
WHITE PAPER PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE JULY 2008 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Citizens of modern societies live in a world of digital data, generating an information trail as they e-mail, shop with loyalty cards, surf the Web, make wireless calls. In response, cautious consumers, watchdog groups and governing bodies are raising alarms about the Orwellian implications. As technology gets ever more powerful and sophisticated, the issue of digital privacy is rapidly coming to the fore. Key Questions • What are the privacy issues that are top of mind when discussing search engines, ISPs and Web giants like AOL and Microsoft? What steps are governments taking to regulate and control their activities?
Surfers Beware! The Term cyberstalking seems to be cropping up everywhere but no one knows exactly what it means. Cyberstalking can be defined as threatening behavior or unwanted advances directed at another using the Internet and other forms of online and computer communications (The National Center for Victims of Crime, (NCVC). n.d.). Cyberstalking is an extension of the physical form of stalking but it is harder to detect the perpetrator because of the anonymity issues from electronic communications.
Symptoms: RIM has held a strong market share in mobile devices in several variations in the business sector. RIM has been successful in marketing its products to businesses and executives to becoming the industry leader for mobile devices. The consumer industry was unfamiliar turf but RIM realized there was a demand for their products in the consumer industry. The Blackberry Pearl would incorporate RIM business features with consumer features. The option of internally controlling marketing in the Blackberry Pearl would allow the company to further control their image and brand in the consumer industry.
The government does not pay employees to watch videos or send personal emails; it pays them to further the government's mission. Stealing time and electronic resources from the government can be just as costly as stealing physical equipment. The security risks posed by improper computer usage can also be extremely dangerous to the Army. Browsing unauthorized websites can expose a computer to viruses or attacks from malicious hackers. Even unclassified computers may contain sensitive or FOUO information which may harm the Army.
One of the major concerns for organizations is that many of the devices are capable of taking pictures, recording audio and video, connecting to the internet and sending text messages. Without proper training and policies to guide the appropriate use of these devices, an organization’s personnel may engage in behaviors that are disruptive and pose a legal consequence. Despite their popularity, we must consider whether cell phones are more of a workplace convenience or just a source of irritation. It can be argued that cell phones are not the source of disruptions in the workplace rather it’s the behaviors of the person using the cell phone that creates the real problem. These behaviors are affecting employee anger, anxiety and stress levels.
Mobile phones aid in kidnappings, blackmail, capturing blue films, and pornographic images. These effects are from someone using this device to purposely commit a crime, some effects are not illegal, but instead socially harmful. Some negative effects are more devastating than others, but some problems are created when the user does not know how to properly use the device
Software devices used are; firewalls, Host intrusion Prevention Systems (HIPS), and Antivirus/Malware scanners. The concept of “work factor” is an important part of layering and is defined as the amount of effort a hacker, malware, etc. must use to breach the security measures guarding our network. Obviously, the less work they have to do point out that our security isn’t good. Showing that we have strong, layered security around our data and network will convince them to go elsewhere.