The world continues to battle the deadly Covid-19 pandemic also called Coronavirus as many sectors and companies encourage their staffs to work from home.
Office workers who usually don’t have much time for their social networks and mass random messages now have ample time to go through their devices and computers and even see a few movie series.
Ironically, this is possible as individuals cling to the only thing that could help them communicate with the outer work – their smartphones.
This large number of human force all stuck at home has led a major increase in online scammers as even the ethical one’s amongst them have grown bored and looking for new loopholes to exploit.
Organizations are been targeted, individuals are made to pay the price for being idle, phishing mails are getting sent and received at a rate of a thousand mails every second. But asides all these, individuals are encouraged to stay safe from the deadly virus with recorded infection figures going up each day here in the part of the world.
Seems everyone forgot about the other safe which is very much vital too??!
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is warning the Internet community that COVID-19 has sparked rising scammers leveraging the deadly virus to steal money, personal information or both from users of online services.
“Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits”, the US law enforcement agency advises.
In this part of the world where vulnerable individuals hardly struggle to survive each day, talks making rounds on the internet regarding the Nigerian government sharing stimulus package of N20,000 to every citizen has done little to help arrest the issue of cybercrime.
Hackers and scammers have been continuously bombarding individuals with phishing links to give away their details so as to enlist them and reserve their own package; which invariably is only sugar-coated lies.
This is not a happy sight as so many individuals who struggle to make through each day with their families end up giving away the little they have in reserve.
A recent war brewing between the United States and China over alleged hack into the former’s Covid-19 vaccine research systems just goes about to tell you no one is exempt from the monster that is Cyber attack.
Furthermore, company’s have had to educate their staffs with regards to working from home and handling logins both on personal and public computers as any major breakthrough in user data could finally result in giving away company information which isin’t really a worthy report.
FBI says Internet users should always use good cyber hygiene and security measures when they are online.
According to the law enforcement agency, the following five(core) tips are vital for any Internet user to protect themselves and help limit the rate of cybercrime activity:
- Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize no matter how tempting the message contained is.
- Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, BVN, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall from a random individual.
- Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser. If possible Google search the address name categorically before clicking through.
- Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in .com” instead).
- If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, don’t hesitate to contact the institution involved ASAP.
Internet fraud is a monster that won’t just go away yet but with staying safe, careful and regulating our online footprints, we could save lives and cooperations at large.
Google pays Student $10,000 For Reporting Security Flaw
Last year, Google released a result which shows that hackers were rewarded $3 million throughout 2016. Recently, a Uruguayan student has been rewarded with $10,000 because he managed to discover a vulnerability in Google.
According to Ezequiel Pereira, he found the vulnerability when he was playing with Google services using a web security testing tool known as Burp Suite.
He was actually playing with Burp Suite to find the vulnerability, after many failed attempts, he discovered that the internal web page of yaqs.googleplex.com didn’t have the username or password check in place.
Googleplex.com hosts several Google App Engine applications.
Ezequiel Pereira wrote
“The website’s homepage redirected me to “/eng”, and that page was pretty interesting, it had many links to different sections about Google services and infrastructure, but before I visited any section, I read something in the footer: “Google Confidential
“At that point I stopped poking at the website and reported the issue right away, without even thinking of a better way to show the vulnerability than with Burp”
He also shared screenshots of the email exchanges with Google’s security team the same day. Google’s security team confirmed that the bug he reported was very effective. Pereira says he was very surprised when he received $10,000 from Google team for his work after a month.
However, Google has resolved the vulnerability and the large reward was because they found a few variants that would have allowed an attacker access sensitive data”
Have A Look At The 7 Most Beautiful Hackers In The World
She is a hacker and former playmate . An old friend of hers decided to pose on the internet as her and started taking money for doing so.
This did not go down well with her. If there was anyone who was going to be making money off her body, it was going to be her.
She came across an unauthorized website with her pictures, then she took matters into her own hands and hacked into the account herself to take them down the photos.
After the successful attempts, Cooke also used her hacking skills to help others in similar situations
She was also known as the “Hacker Fairy” to other women being taken advantage of on the Internet.
Ying teaches people the basics of hacking; things like changing your IP address or wiping Office passwords
Who doesn’t want to learn how to hack from a beautiful chic ?
She was first noticed in a Chinese Hackers’ forum post that got her noticed and created a huge fan base for her.
Her work is quite impressive as well. She’s an expert in writing hacking software and charges a lot of money for simple courses on hacking tools.
She usually makes about $2000 per month in the hacking business and for that, she certainly deserves your respect.
Kristina was a student at The New York University and is a money mule hacker.
She attempted to defraud several British and U.S. banks of millions of dollars using a Trojan horse malware. With collective team efforts, she earned a sum of more than $3 million by opening fake bank accounts and using fake passports.
Kristina was later arrested in 2011 but released after signing a bond and paying $25,000 as bail.
If she had been convicted, she could have been imprisoned for more than 40 years.
Ravel Alder is certainly s one of the most gifted and intelligent hackers who’s using her education for good use. She was the first female to give a presentation at DefCon, one of the worlds most prestigious gatherings of hackers .
She currently helps corporations protect their data and other sensitive information. She is also a consultant, lecturer and author who deals in hacking and computer security.
Kim also known as Gigabyte, the Belgium national is well known for developing many high caliber viruses that target hardwares and subsequently destroy sensitive information.
She wrote her first virus when she was 14. She wrote the viruses not to gain money but to cement her position in a group of hackers that are dominated by men. She wanted to prove to the world that women too can write viruses and can be dangerous hackers, unlike what the world knows it to be. Her virus, Sharp, is credited to being the first virus ever written in C Sharp.
Vanvaeck was later arrested when she was aged 17 but was out on bail in 24 hours due to her minor status.
Tian formed the female hacking group called “China Girl Security Team,” as she felt that there was no other outlet for teenage girls like her in the male-dominated world of hacking.
Her group has ties with some of the most notorious hacking organisations in the world and has become one of the largest Chinese-based hacking groups.
As with most well-known and outspoken groups of this nature, Tian and the rest of China Girl Security Team continue to receive attention from national and international police organizations due to their activities.
Anna was a Russian hacker who lived in New York City before she was arrested, along with nine others in 2010. She was accused of working for the Illegals Program spy ring under the Russian Federation’s external intelligence agency.
Chapman pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General, and was deported to Russia, as part of a prisoner swap. She also lost her U.S. citizenship.
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