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Cyber criminals

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>What are cyber criminals?

Cyber criminals are people who use the Internet or other data networks to commit crimes such as fraud. One common means is identity theft.

Cybercrime: What are the types?

Basically, cybercrime encompasses a variety of offenses. The greatest importance is attached to these forms:

  • Identity theft through phishing: Cyber criminals snatch sensitive data and use it to inflict financial damage on those affected by making purchases or withdrawing money from bank accounts under someone else’s identity.
  • Digital blackmail: They use ransomware to encrypt files on computers. They demand a ransom for decryption.
  • Botnets: Cyber criminals remotely control other computers on a massive scale and use them, among other things, for DDoS attacks on websites that are subsequently no longer available due to the overload.
  • Stealing company secrets by spying on them

The methods of cyber criminals

Cyber criminals often resort to phishing. In this way, they send malware en masse via e-mail attachments. If recipients click on this attachment and thus automatically download the software, the senders can spy on the computer. They also use fake e-mails in the supposed name of banks and other companies as well as genuine-looking homepages for identity theft. Cybercrime is a challenge for companies and individuals, with the digital association Bitkom estimating annual damage at 55 billion euros in 2018. In many cases, there is a lack of awareness of the dangers as well as sufficient protection systems such as up-to-date anti-virus programs.

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