Feeds

Trojans fuel ID theft boom

Phishing season

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Identity theft, both offline and online, is on the rise with keylogging Trojan software often forming the weapon of choice for would-be fraudsters, according to a new study by net security firm McAfee.

McAfee reckons the number of keylogging malware packages increased 250 per cent between January 2004 and May 2006. The number of phishing attacks tracked by the Anti-Phishing Working Group has multiplied 100-fold over the same period of time, it notes.

A white paper on identity theft from McAfee runs through a number of identity theft techniques covering everything from dumpster diving to keylogging Trojans, alongside guidelines on how ordinary punters can guard their private data. Security tips include advice on recognising phishing emails and safe surfing tips such as keeping PC security packages up to date and avoiding the temptation of clicking links in email that point to potentially dodgy sites hosting malware.

Identity theft in all its various guises in one of the fastest growing crimes. Annual losses from the crime in the US alone are estimated at $50bn, according to figures (PDF) from consumer watchdog the Federal Trade Commission.

The Home Office estimates identity theft has cost the British economy a more modest $3.2bn over the last three years. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?