As technology gets advanced and more and more people lead their lives and conduct their businesses on and through various technological platforms and more so the internet, cyber crime continues to grow and adopt a new face every passing day. Cyber crime has now become a very organized undertaking and this underground business has been the cause of the very nasty and debilitating attacks on businesses and networks. The trend now is that more and more of the criminals are bold enough to own up to some of the attacks while other sets of criminals are advertising their pieces of software which they use to perpetrate their motives while others yet will offer for sale their services. This perhaps follows that the law enforcement agencies are left behind especially when it comes to having the capacity to monitor, pursue and nab the cyber criminals. The bigger crime groups will even maintain their products in this case malicious software with constant releases of update to ensure that they are not flagged and neutralized by security features and software. The groups are also such sophisticated they are scouting and recruiting top talent into their organizations. Hence criminal networks are now bold, widespread and even more potent in terms of the threat they pose to national security and big businesses.The threat posed by the cyber criminals is such that through various numerous approaches, they are in a position to mount serious attacks which can even bring down a country’s networks and many other networks which are business and civilian oriented. The attacks are in the form of cyber terrorism and espionage, identity theft, content abuse, spamming, botnets, cyber fraud and the insider threat–another threat that cannot be ignored because of the ease of carrying information on small drives. The gap therefore between cyber security and the potential of cyber attacks is therefore increasingly growing.The criminals are always on the lookout for vulnerabilities that they can exploit to get hold of websites and networks in order to perpetrate their own malicious plots. It is therefore the responsibility of businesses and individuals to safeguard against criminals taking advantage of weaknesses within networks. The networks have now made it easy for attacks to be spread to even unsuspecting users and in the process an attack ends up having far reaching ramifications. Hence warnings have always been given and studies even indicated that attacks will continually get sophisticated and that the frequency with which they happen will be very high. The threat of such organized attacks has has potential to severely affect and disrupt critical infrastructure (civilian networks), national security, the larger economy. The cyber criminals are emboldened by the fact that the probability of getting caught and followed is very low and the laws are also lax.The dangers and risks now seen with the increased criminal activities have increased costs to business and other risks associated with doing online business. The criminals now use new technology in their objectives to expand their scope of crime and attacks without easy detection of their schemes. The consequences are that their priorities are met and the results are that the damage and losses perpetrated are unprecedented. The greatest fear is that the criminal groups can sell their expertise and services and even partner with terrorist groups in pursuit of their wrongful demands. It will present a whole new challenge to governments and other big corporations in terms of their businesses and installations which could be used to demand ransoms and the many other demands whimsical or even genuine made by the terrorists.With poor systems to crack down on the criminals who are often a step ahead of enforcement agencies and not fully enforced legislature, criminals get the breathing space and unwarranted freedom to perpetrate all manner of malicious schemes in the IT world to the extent of bringing down whole economies and other aspects of life. Thus drastic and continued improvements are required to maintain cyber security.
Like it’s coming from nowhere. You are not at all aware of it. But in a slow and cruel way it crawls through our privacy. Cyber crime is what we call it. Another complicacy from modern technology. Our children are bullied. Sometimes they keep it hide from us. Leads to further complication. Even things sometimes ended up in suicide.Cyber crime, as a devastating and easiest way of crime, has an adverse impact on the individual and society in at large. And with its wide variety it has appeared as a Frankenstein in front of us. It sometimes uses computer as a mere instrument aiming to attack an individual. Or sometimes these mere instruments itself becomes the very victim by the tech genius.Yes! Genius you have to tell them. Because the expertise knowledge you need to attack a computer is something very critical. Surprisingly children from 14 to young age of 25 are covered the most criminals in this field. The question is why it happened to be so easy?The great advantage of the computer is the ability to storage data in a small space, becomes a curse as a result of cyber crime. Easy accessibility is the curse. Through the complicated codes the cyber criminal search for a loophole of human fault. Sometimes they use sophisticated but brilliantly made logical program and attack.And see the wide variety of the way. E-mail bombing, logic bomb, Salami attack, Denial service attack, Virus attack, theft of data, Web jacking, and the latest hacking and what not. Crimes are evolving in an increasing number. Within a short time it is destroying the financial information of banks and other institution dealing with money. Harassment via e-mails is a common phenomenon and women are the primary victim of this crime. While children are the helpless victim of cyber stalking. Dissemination of obscene material, pornographic element entangled them like a spider web. Unauthorized access over computer system causes indecent exposure.Not only the individual or financial institutions even the state is facing the danger. And when we talk about its threat to the state mechanism it is not enough to term it as a mere crime. It becomes cyber terrorism collapsing the state security, threatening the Official functionality, violating the government structures established by law. The terrorism against humanity, the social harmony is disrupted spreading religious, racial, language and regional group or caste hatred. The total social balance falls in a tremendous crisis.From the very beginning of its evolving cyber crime has been overshadowing the field of innovation and intellect. Intellectual property right becomes something of extinct species. Software piracy, copyright infringement, trademark and service mark violation, theft of Computer source code and what not.Laws have been introduced and enforced in reaction. Government of different states taking steps even synchronized method is adopted to protect cyber crime but at the end of the day, a greater social consciousness is the only way to get it at an end. Keeping information pertaining to one’s self is the first to do to avoid cyber-stalking. Making your children aware of cyber crime is a priority. Particularly to strangers and chat friends as these photographs are used as a tool of obscene defamation. We need to alert them not to send any photograph online. We should keep a watch on the sites that our children are accessing to prevent any kind of harassment or deprivation in children latest and update antivirus software are something must depend on. Technology is the only option to protect yourself from technological threat. Keeping backup should never be forgotten to avoid data loss in case of virus contamination. We should be cautious in sending credit card number to any site that is not secured to guard against frauds. It is better to use a security program that gives control over the cookies other functionalities. And most of all remembering the old proverb, ‘Prevention is better than the cure’