On a daily base we are confronted with news reports about privacy intriguing topics within the cyber crime field. Reports like ‘Russians tried to hack OPCW systems’ or ‘ING and ABN Amro hit by DDos attacks’ are filling our news feeds on a regular base. Reports where we as individuals are already able to notice the consequences.
Cyber criminals do not only target larger corporations and organisation, but they are also targeting individuals. The Fraud Helpdesk reports that there is currently a phishing email in circulation that claims that you as a reader have been hacked and that your webcam and microphone recordings have been collected. The hacked data was collected according to the anonymous channel when you were viewing pornographic material as a recipient. These phishing emails are obviously meant to create fear in order to earn money illegally.
As an individual, you can take some measures yourself to ensure that you are not a victim of cybercrime. To protect yourself you can immediately delete suspicious e-mails and not accept dubious social media accounts if they add you. Covering your webcam camera with a webcam cover will also ensure that you will not be the target of cyber criminals who are out for you.