Internet and cyber security problems and issues are growing almost on a daily basis. And while more cyber security specialists are joining the ranks, more malware is being launched each day than ever when compared to the last decade. In fact, almost 230,000 malware samples are released into the net on a daily basis.

Of course, the main target of all cyber-crime is the money. Close to $100 billion is globally stolen annually, and not all this money is hacked away from corporations, banks, billionaires, and wealthy celebrities. Ordinary net users are also targeted for their money. As long as anybody is connected to the Internet, they are always potential victims of cyber-attacks.

With that, here are some cyber security facts on the high risks of not protecting your computer or being complacent on protection against online cyber threats.

The number of most wanted cyber criminals in the world is growing

And growing on A DAILY BASIS because cyber criminals find hacking a lucrative criminal activity with no need for ski masks to hide one’s face. Currently, there are 19 individuals on the FBI’s Most Wanted Cyber Criminals List, but this doesn’t include other wanted hackers tagged by the NSA, CIA, Interpol, British intelligence, Scotland Yard, French intelligence, and countless others all over the world. These individuals that now number in the thousands are individually responsible for stealing, on average, between $350,000 and $100 million.

Computer viruses cause extensive and expensive damage

Last year, a single computer virus caused financial damage amounting to $38.5 billion. Hundreds of office computers and internal networks can also be rendered useless or in need of repair as a result of virus attacks. Viruses are transmitted through the Internet by a combination of human carelessness, not installing a good antivirus software, and not updating existing antivirus or antimalware programs. Neglecting the computer’s firewall also opens the computer to potential attacks.

Even Social Media is targeted but it can also be protected

Many people don’t know that a good antivirus or antimalware software can even protect the computer’s browsing and social media accounts. That is, if one is truly installed and up and running. Since social networking is now an essential method of communication, it is the perfect place for hackers to place phishing, “like-jacking” and “link-jacking” buttons that users unwittingly click and thus, download malware. Globally, more than 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised each day.

Almost all computers are vulnerable to exploit kits

Oracle Java, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash are present on 99% of computers. That means that 99% of computer users are vulnerable to exploit kits through software vulnerabilities. This is because the vulnerabilities that these types of software often present in a computer are extremely critical; all it takes is one click on an infected advertising banner to give a hacker full access to your computer.

Hacktivism is also on the rise

Hacktivism now accounts for almost half of cyber-attacks around the world. The term represents a subversive use of computers and computer networks to promote a political agenda. With roots in hacker culture, its ends are often related to free speech, human rights, freedom of information, or terrorism.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:32:39 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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