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The ability for hackers to go onto the Internet and chat up fellow hackers is as old as the Net itself. But with identity theft becoming a more popular form of fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission FTCmore attention is being paid to chat rooms that serve as flea markets for hackers.
Both Schneier and Entercept Security Technology's Harrington say that your stolen personal information can be swapped or sold in other Web venues. Occasionally the FBI gets lucky.
The feds were able to track down the hacker known as "Mafiaboy" when he bragged about his exploits in chat rooms. Search CNN.
But Jan Op Gen Oorth, from Europol, which runs a project called No More Ransom, said: "Victims should not pay the ransom, as this finances criminals and encourages them to continue their illegal activities. Brett Callow, a threat analyst at cyber-security company Emsisoft, said: "Organisations in this situation are without a good option.
Most ransomware attacks begin with a booby-trapped emaiI and research suggests criminal gangs are increasingly using tools that can gain access to systems via a single download. In the first week of this month alone, Proofpoint's cyber-security analysts say they saw more than one million s with using a variety of phishing lures, including fake Covid testsent to hackdrs in the US, France, Germany, Greece, and Italy.
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Travelex being held to ransom by hackers. Honda's global operations hit by cyber-attack.
IT staff unplugged computers in a race to stop the malware spreading. Organisations are encouraged to regularly back-up their data offline.
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Published 7 January.