Internet Security

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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Internet security needs to constantly evolve in order to keep up with the continuous barrage of new online threats. Cyber crimes involving the theft of personal information are steadily on the rise. Cyber criminals, emboldened by the anonymity of the Internet, are constantly crafting new scams with which to dupe unsuspecting web surfers out of their cash.

While such online hijinks were once the calling cards of maladjusted computer hackers, the immense profit potential of cyber crime has enticed an even more unsavory elements to get involved. Organized crime groups are now believed to be behind a significant number of cyber intrusions and scams. Many of these groups are believed to operate out of Eastern Europe, and remain consistently difficult to track. With such serious players entering the game, maintaining Internet security is of paramount concern.

Threats to internet Security

One of the more prevalent threats to internet security is a scam known as "phishing." Victims of phishing receive an email that appears to have been sent by a well-known and respected company, such as a bank or an online store. The email contains links to what looks like the company's legitimate website. Once lured to this "trusted" site, the victim is duped into supplying their personal information, unaware that they are actually dealing with a malicious clone of the site they believe they are patronizing. From here, scammers can gain access to credit cards, bank accounts, and other personal information.

Another threat to internet security is that of unauthorized action. This occurs when an individual, who can be anyone from a random hacker to a business competitor, to a disgruntled employee, attacks a website and takes unauthorized control. The appearance and functionality of the site can be severely altered, or the services it provides can be temporarily disabled.

Data alteration, another breach of internet security, occurs when unprotected data being exchanged online is intercepted and altered en route to its destination. This can be used by a third party to gain access to bank accounts and credit/debit accounts. It can also occur unintentionally when unsecured data is altered by a random abnormality in the system.

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