This web page provides current information about cyber security threats to computer software, networks and internet security, and cyber threats.
Cyber Crime is a very real threat in our Internet-connected society. With 1.5 million annual cyber attacks, online crime is a real threat to anyone on the Internet. This means there are over 4,000 cyber attacks every day, 170 attacks every hour, or nearly three attacks every minute. The map below shows real-time global cyber attacks.
• Cyber Security - measures taken to protect a computer or computer network against unauthorized access or attack.
• Cyber Threat - the possibility of a malicious attempt to damage or disrupt a computer network or system.
• Cyber Attack - an attempt by hackers to damage or destroy a computer network or system.
• Cyber Crimes - criminal offenses committed via the Internet or otherwise aided by various forms of computer technology, such as the use of online social networks to bully others or sending sexually explicit digital photos with a smart phone.
Everyone who accesses the Internet is potentially at risk of cybercrime; in fact, you are more likely to have your email account hacked than have a home invasion. A 2013 global study by the UN finds digital theft affects between 1 and 17% of the online population. This percentage has grown exponentially to industry estimates between 40 and 50%. The percentage could actually be even higher because 80% (or more) of cyber crimes are unreported due to a lack of awareness of the crime.
Computer and network cyber attacks often occur without the any knowledge. Some cyber crimes are unreported due to embarrassment on the part of targeted individuals or businesses. The funds lost as a result of a cyber attack are rarely recovered. In 2013, the US Navy saw 110,000 cyber-attacks every hour, or more than 30 cyber-attacks per second. In 2014, 50% of cyber attack incidents occurred in the United States.
The number of cyber crimes is growing and by 2017, the global market losses are expected to skyrocket to $120.1 billion.
• More than 600,000 FaceBook accounts are compromised every day;
• 15% of social network users have reported that their profiles have been hacked by pretenders;
• 1 in 10 social network users said they’d fallen victim to a scam or fake link on social network platforms.
In minutes, a skilled and determined cyber criminal (aka Hacker) can use Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) to navigate around security defenses, breach a network, steal valuable data and personal information, deliver a malicious software payload (malware, worm, trojan virus), and evade detection.
The information on this page provides security insights for you and your family. While the Internet can open a "door to the world", it can also bring the world to your door. Be safe! Visit my Cyber Threats Page to see the latest information.