Have you been attacked online yet? If not, there’s a good probability you will be. A Kaspersky Lab in-depth analysis of cybercrime in North America and Western Europe has been conducted on data from the first six months of 2012. And their findings are staggering. Kaspersky “found that the computers of 33.4% of Internet users in Western Europe and North America were attacked at least once while browsing the web.” That’s one in every three computer users who use the Internet get attacked by some form of malware. Incredible!
Kaspersky goes on to state that in North America and Western Europe “Lots of people in those countries keep their money in bank accounts and use their bank cards to pay for goods and services when shopping online.” and are therefore targeted by bots that collect financial data such as the Zeus Trojan malware.
“Apart from gaining unauthorized access to users’ bank accounts, cybercriminals take an active interest in the PayPal payment system and the online store eBay: these systems respectively account for 34% and 9% of all phishing attacks carried out in North America and Western Europe.”
In light of this information it’s important to have a good Internet security protection suite of software running on your computer that is kept updated automatically. Another safeguard to use while shopping online is to use a separate credit card with a low purchase maximum amount. And be careful to whom you give your CVV2 credit card security code.
Reference: Net Security.org article
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