The hacking group “Anonymous” has focussed attacks on business using phishing techniques. They have been sending e-mails to businesses offering a “free scan” of their computer system. Once the scan is has been executed, these hackers would then try to get personal information from the person by asking for their SSN and banking information.
Some businesses are being targeted more than others, and in reality it makes no sense at all. Identity theft is an extremely serious crime that can cause permanent damage to a person’s financial situation and their reputation. The attacks on businesses using phishing techniques is nothing new. This group, however, has made it very personal by attacking the financial information of people. They have already stolen financial data from credit cards and bank accounts and the attacks are ongoing.
A person does not become a hacker for no reason. Identity theft is a crime and this crime should not go unpunished. Companies should be held accountable for their actions and if they fail in doing so, they should be held accountable. By holding them accountable, we are sending a message to the world that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. If you use a company or online service for identity purposes, you need to be aware that you are putting yourself at risk for identity theft, and it will not be easy to regain your identity once it has been used.
It is best to take precautions when using online services that ask for personal information such as your SSN and password. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a site or service, you should always check with the Better Business Bureau and look up customer reviews to make sure that the company is really what they say that they are. You do not want to put yourself at risk when you are trying to conduct business, so it would be wise to always be cautious when using sites or emails which may ask for your private information.
Phishing is nothing new. In fact, it has been around for quite some time now. The attack on business and financial information took center stage several years ago when hackers started sending spam containing harmful viruses. Now anyone can use emails and attachments to try and steal your identity. Many people are not taking the extra precautions when it comes to protecting themselves from these types of cyber criminals. Most emails contain a hidden link known as an “adware” or “spyware” that can infect your computer when you open the email attachment or view the attached file.
This attack on business and financial information has become more prevalent because of the prevalence of malicious websites and the ease at which they are created. Some of these phishing emails have legitimate-looking links but most of them are viruses, spyware, and adware. By protecting yourself from these types of email attachments, you can protect your identity theft from ever happening.