Following the news that there are more cyber attacks in north Wales than street crime, David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab commented below.
David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab:
“It’s no surprise to see reports of cybercrime overtake street crime. As with markets generally, investment tends to flow into areas where it will be most productive, and crime is no different. With so much financial activity moving online, criminals have capitalised on this by moving their activity into the cyber world. While this specific report relates to the North Wales region, this is worldwide trend.
“The lines are sometimes blurred – some scams include both online and real-world activity, such as scam telephone calls to trick the caller into giving criminals remote access to their computer. Therefore, we all need to be aware of the cyber-security threats being carried out around us, with more attempts than ever to steal money, personal and corporate information or to extort money by holding data captive. It is vital that people and businesses use a reliable Internet security solution on all connected devices, apply security updates as soon as they become available, download software only from trusted sources (such as official app stores and vendors) and be cautious about e-mail and other messages that include attachments and links – even if they appear to come from friends or trusted business contacts. Using strong passwords, applying caution when using public Wi-Fi networks, not revealing too much information about ourselves online and regularly backing up personal and business data should be as intrinsic as locking the doors of your house and keeping valuables out of sight.”