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Overview of cybercrime in 2008

Every year, the Clusif (Club on IT security), a nonprofit association created in the early 1980s, publishes a panorama on cybercrime.
The 2008 panorama has just been made public and the findings are clear: even if the threats are already known (spam, scam, phishing, botnet, vulnerability, social engineering, or typosquatting), they now come via the Web 2.0. Indeed, people expose their private details via social networks without even thinking about the consequences. Espionage is made easier, data collection is made easier, identity theft is made easier, as is the commercial use of personal data.

Besides, many fake profiles of celebrities are created in social network sites. For example, presenting herself as a journalist for the French newspaper Le Monde, Mrs B. has managed to create a social network of more than 1,200 people.

Furthermore, counterfeiting, dishonest web hosting, fake lotteries, and ransomware are still on the net and are arriving on mobile phones. For example, mobile phone viruses, such as Kiazha-A, take hostage your personal data and release them only once you give money to the hacker (when you turn your mobile phone on, a message threatens: “prepare 10 Euros in game credit or your mobile phone will not work.”)
The CLUSIF panorama provides many examples of known and new cybercrime activities.



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