It’s a common misconception that cyber criminals only target public figures, governments and big companies. The reality is that everyone has something of value to a cyber criminal – such as your bank details and personal data.
Developed by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), the ‘Live Savvy with Cybersecurity’ campaign is a national cybersecurity awareness campaign which aims to spread the message about the importance of protecting ourselves online and at the same time, present information and tips to enable us to better safeguard our digital assets.
Protect your devices and information by practising good cyber hygiene. Visit the GoSafeOnline website and Facebook page for the latest cybersecurity news and tips.
Dangers in the Cyber World
Cyber threats are growing in frequency and sophistication by the day and while Singapore is regarded as a safe country, the same cannot be said of the World Wide Web which is borderless. Just as we lock our doors to prevent break-ins, we should similarly take steps to protect ourselves from cyber criminals.
Cyber-attacks are taking place every day, perhaps even every minute. According to reports, there were over one million web attacks against people each and every day in 2015.
So what are some common cyber threats?
- Banking malware: It attempts to steal a victim’s banking credentials once the victim’s computer or mobile device is infected with the malware.
- Ransomware: A type of malicious software that locks the files in your computer, rendering the files inaccessible until a ransom is paid.
- Phishing attacks: These are attempts by cyber criminals to obtain personal information. They often appear as emails designed to appear as though they are from familiar persons or companies, such as your bank or email service provider.
- Botnets: These are a collection of software robots, or ‘bots’ that creates an army of infected computers (known as zombies) that are remotely controlled by the originator. Your device may be one of them without you knowing it. Botnets can send spam emails with viruses attached, spread malware or use your computer to attack other systems (also known as DDoS)
- DDoS: A DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attack happens when a malicious user gets a network of zombie computers to contact a specific website or server. The increase in traffic volume overloads the system, causing it to slow down or shut down completely.
- Trojan Horses: It is a malicious programme disguised within a legitimate software. Once downloaded, it will install itself and run automatically. It can delete your files, watch you through your webcam, use your computer to hack into other computers, and even record your usernames, passwords and other personal information.
Prevention is key in the fight against cyber threats and practising good cyber hygiene will ensure that we keep our devices and information safe. By doing so, we are taking responsibility for our cybersecurity and doing our part to create a safer cyberspace.