While not every bit of breaking news in the United States is relevant to people in the United Kingdom, it is easy to see that many big stories can have some form of impact. The world is becoming a smaller place these days and what happens across the Atlantic will often have repercussions over here.
There is no doubt that fraudulent activity is something that most people should keep an eye out for because this is something that virtually all of us run the risk of. There is no doubt that when a major firm in the US gets attacked so easily, firms in the UK will be sitting up and paying a great deal of attention.
In the US of late, many people have realised that they have likely been the victim of a major cybercrime. This is down to the fact that the massive retail chain Target has experienced an attack that has seen 110 million bank card numbers being stolen. This is close to being twice the population size of the UK so it is easy to see that this is a major crime.
Even in American standards it is huge because this would roughly equate to one third of the American population being a victim of this attack. If you have been thinking that online fraud or cybercrime isn’t really relevant to you, the size and scale of this attack, believed to be a simple and straightforward attack, should have you sitting up and taking notice.
Computer hacking is becoming easier
You would expect the person behind this style of crime to be a master villain who has carried out a number of devious and fiendish plots to get to this position. In fact, the criminal utilised a simple piece of software, called Citadel, and there is no need to be skilled or experienced to use this software. In fact, there is even a handy online help facility for users so if you do need any assistance in using this software to carry out big deeds; help is at hand on weekdays!
There are many simple apps and online browser software programmes that are perfect for people who want to steal software. While the people responsible for making, selling and distributing these apps or software could eventually face charges, there is no doubt that many will feel they are safer in providing the elements to facilitate fraud as opposed to committing the fraud itself.
The fact that there is software available to make this style of crime much easier to commit indicates that cybercrimes and hacking have changed immensely. It wasn’t that long ago that these crimes would only be attributed to people with hug intellect and with access to the most powerful computers. Perhaps this notion owes a lot to the Richard Prior character in Superman III or various other cybercrime films and TV shows of the 80s but in recent times, this is a market that has opened up.
Even if you have limited knowledge and confidence in using computers, as long as you know where to look, you can find everything you need to undertake serious cybercrimes of your own. This is a very frightening thought and it means that major banks and stores will need to ensure that their systems are up to the challenge of regular, repeated and sustained attacks.
The top level hackers may be dismissive of this software and state their opinion that this approach is for kids and amateurs but this approach is still capable of making a great deal of money for people. There is no doubt that people will want to protect themselves and their money. It doesn’t matter if it is a master criminal or an amateur that steals their money, the loss will be annoying and hurtful. The fact that there is software available to make this crime easier to pull off means that more people and businesses will be at risk.
This style of software that can hack into other people’s computer can cause many problems. There are many people who have committed hacking crimes and then utilised webcam technology to spy on people or keep track on people’s movements. The advent of the computer is great news for many reasons but there are also plenty of negative elements about the rise of computer usage.
Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professional for 8 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn’t sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.