How Cyber Criminals Work: Get to Know Them by Tapping Their Modus

How Cyber Criminals Work: Get to Know Them by Tapping Their Modus

A major headache for us working in the field of IT Services in Australia is the recent prevalence of cyber crimes that plague not just our clients but our operations as well. Sadly, cyber-crimes are so easy to commit.  Any hacker with a computer and internet can commit all manner of crimes from their basements.  Right now, you don’t need guns, getaway cars or goons to commit such crimes.

To know more about how to beat these criminals, you should know how they operate and their mindset… in short, “join them” to beat them. Here’s a quick look at how to be like them:

Arrrr… be a pirate!

If piracy is your game, then you need to think big.  As a cyber-criminal, you must either copy others’ copyright materials in the course of a business, or you can copy their materials to such an extent that the business you are targeting is affected. In either case, you need to know or have reason to believe that what you’re doing is breaking copyright laws.

Go forth and spread the virus

Try virus writing.  You can either adapt someone else’s code or write your own malware. Then, intentionally or recklessly distribute a computer virus that will impair the operation of a computer, prevent or hinder access to any program or data, damage the operation of a computer program or the reliability of data on a computer, or enable any of the these things to be done.

Let’s go phishing

Phishing is another widely recognized cyber-crime. To phish successfully, you need to find the right bait.  Email, SMS and IM will be the primary tools of your trade, and if your messaging is convincing you might just be able to hook some valuable financial information from your poor and gullible victims.

Deception is your game

After phishing, what comes next?  The next step is to exploit your victim’s online accounts.    An alternative is to supply those details you’ve stolen to others online for use in fraudulent activity.

Next up is to corrupt

But while online defamation won’t earn you much notoriety in the cybercriminal underworld, the publication of obscene content will probably land you in jail. Anyone who transmits obscene articles electronically will be guilty of an offence, regardless of any personal gain is considered a cyber criminal. Content falling under this term includes any material which, if taken as a whole, may deprave or corrupt its audience.

Listen… do you want to know a secret?

After gaining access to confidential stuff, why not share them with the world via the internet?     If you can get hold of information protected by the law and share it with your friends on social media and on forums, you may well get a visit from the police.

Now that you are more familiar with how these criminals think and act, it is our duty as IT support professionals in Australia to protect our clients and our businesses by being tougher and more vigilant. It is our task to be updated on the latest antivirus software or procedures and policies that will prevent us from falling into the hands of such criminals.

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