Report Reveals Hackers' New Tricks
Source: napsNet - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Latest News The recent Internet Security Threat Report from computer security company Symantec, makers of Norton, revealed that there were more than 3.2 billion cyber attacks in 2009 alone, which equals one attack for every two people in the world. And with technology changing at an ever-increasing pace, many of the things you thought you knew, even a year ago, are no longer true.

For example, hackers used to be "nerds" who knew everything there was to know about computers. Today, criminals can buy "crimeware toolkits" that allow someone with little or no technical experience to become a full-fledged hacker almost overnight. These kits let criminals create their own types of "cyber attacks" to steal your personal information.

These "cyber criminals" aren't only going after rich people and big businesses anymore. They've learned that it's much easier to steal a little bit of money from a lot of different people and they're using technology to do just that.

"It used to be that you could tell pretty quickly if your computer was infected," said Adam Palmer, Norton's lead cyber-security adviser. "Your system would slow down. It would do strange things or have a billion different 'pop-up' windows that you couldn't ignore."

However, that's not always the case now. "Today's cyber criminals have learned something important from the animal kingdom," said Palmer. "A good parasite never kills its host. The criminals don't want you to know you've got a problem on your computer. The longer they can go undetected, the more damage they can do and the more personal information they can steal from you."

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