When falling victim to a cyber attack, it’s hard not to take it personally. Whether its ransomware lockingCOMPUTER FILES, falling for a phishing attack, or being blackmailed for stolen information, consumer cybercrime is rife and deeply upsetting to the victim. This year, a trend has taken the personal cost of cybercrime to a whole new level. Whilst one in a long line of customer data hacks, the Ashley Madison breach this summer exposed how personal cybercrime can get when intimate customer information was revealed as part of a hacker group’s moral crusade against the adultery site. Only a couple of months later, a further attack on consumers’ intimate lives culminated with a pornography app for Android, Adult Player, riddled with ransomware, demanding hundreds of pounds after secretly taking photos of the user from the front-facing camera. >See also: Why businesses need to go back to school on cyber security This new form of ransomware moved away from the traditional encrypt and demand ransom, to exploiting smartphone capabilities to capture embarrassing photos of the user. As more cybercrime cases threaten to expose the private behaviour of consumers, it’s clear that people’s online footprint is increasingly at risk. While naturally these threats have largely been discussed […]
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