To stay protected, it helps to understand some basics of what cybercrime is and how it puts you at risk. Click on the headings below to learn more.
The term cybercrime usually refers to any criminal offense committed against or with the use of a computer or computer network. A cybercrime incident can lead to loss of business and consumer confidence, financial loss, productivity loss, and even loss of intellectual property. The current era of cybercrime is dominated by criminals who want to use your computer for illegal activity or steal data for profit. Attackers exploit vulnerabilities in computer software to develop crimeware such as viruses, trojans or keyloggers in order for others to carry out criminal acts.
Large-scale fraud attacks and consumer data breaches are costing businesses billions of dollars a year. Much of the growth stems from the maturation of the criminal digital underground and its "industrial" approach to cybercrime. Criminals and their technology are increasingly sophisticated, and their reach is global. Rather than attempting to defraud accounts in small multiple transactions, they now boldly go after large sums of money.
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