Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Million damage of phishing and credit card fraud: increasing threat of cyber crime

The threat of cyber crime in Germany is, according to an annual report from the Federal despite stagnant number of cases continues to increase.
In 2011 there have been approximately 60 000 cases of cyber crime, said Joerg Ziercke, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, on Monday to present the "Cyber ​​Crime 2011" reports in Berlin. The damage, however, was increased by 16 percent to an estimated 71.2 million euros. The largest crime group had witnessed the computer fraud: With phishing and fraudulent use of credit card information is a loss of around 50 million Euro.

It is common though, that the criminal activities have increased, the number of unreported cases is, however, very high, said Zierke. For the spread of malicious software botnets increases would be used. "But there are no reliable figures on how many computers are in Germany actually affected." Phishing online banking data, or improper use of credit card data therefore make 45 percent of the largest group of the threat. An increasingly attractive target was also the smartphone. "The smartphone is, unlike the computer, not off in general," said Zierke. The mobile device for criminals to make an attractive target.

Companies from cyber attacks affected as private users. Here is primarily in the business midfield threat very big, said Dieter Kempf, president of the industry association Bitkom. "German SMEs are among the world in many industries the most innovative companies. This awakens "covetousness, said Kempf. 40 percent of companies in Germany rose partly repeatedly attacks on their IT systems, have demonstrated in a survey of the association. A third has therefore already experienced the loss of data.

To get out of the dark field needed it a new safety culture, said Kempf. Many companies balked against going after an attack on the public. "But only the reporting of security incidents makes it take action against them," said Kempf. The association is not speaking of a "duty to report", but for a way in which the companies could anonymously indicate incidents - regardless of whether a criminal charge was furnished. Therefore Bitkom have already joined forces with the BSI one Allianzf├╝r cyber security, to improve the reporting structures and expand.

The image of the typical offender had on the Internet have changed significantly, said Zielke. "Is the specialized individual offender no longer." Increasingly, groups of offenders would be the tools get in the net or directly buy stolen credit card data. Also an increased professionalism is evident. There were, more a kind of division of labor, the more difficult the job search: one spy from the data, the other trying to exploit it in the real world. "The perpetrators width thus significantly increased," said Zierke.
Million damage of phishing and credit card fraud: BKA sees increasing threat of cyber crime

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