[AI] beware cyber criminals
rambabu_arb at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 9 15:06:37 EDT 2007
Hai net savies,
Beware of cyber criminals psycho-games
Bangalore: Users of social networking sites, the
newest targets Internet
and email users -- even the more Net-savvy among
them are falling prey
to cyber criminals who increasingly use
tactics to lure their victims and obtain
sensitive personal and financial
In what is arguably the first study of its kind,
Professor of Psychology at the University of
California, Santa Barbara in
the U.S., has highlighted the psycho-games
played by Internet baddies --
mostly through the mechanism of e-mail. First,
they create the illusion of
familiarity and legitimacy in the recipient --
sometimes going to
elaborate lengths to create fake sites that look
very similar to popular
social networking portals like MySpace.com .
Then they create links from such sites to
extract information like
passwords or credit card numbers.
They also play on victims who are advancement
focused -- or just plain
greedy -- with subject lines like Youve won!"
or "Instant payouts."
Embarrassment about physical shortcomings leads
many to use the anonymity
of the Web to solve their problems. They can
easily be lured by headings
like Cure obesity!" or "Viagra". Ultimately the
cat-and-mouse mind games
are cold blooded financial scams -- Gartner
reports that cumulative losses
from such attacks, targeting sensitive
information, rose to more than $
2.8 billion in 2006, up from $ 137 million in
2004. What is the solution?
At a basic level, it is better to eliminate most
such spam with good
filter software. But the baddies are getting
better at fooling filters
with short and innocuous-sounding subject lines.
So the final test, says
Dr Blascovich, is : If a message is too good or
too bad to be true it
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