Online Identity Theft


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Online Identity Theft

  1. 1. Online Identity Theft<br />
  2. 2. Dangerous Days on the World Wild Web- Sarah Lacey<br />2004- explorers charted new territory online<br />Lawlessness spread<br />“NO RAIN, NO PROBLEM. Although hackers are getting more sophisticated, the bulk of these attacks are preventable -- often with free software downloads, security companies say. But it&apos;s like a leaky roof in dry weather, Pescatore says -- most people don&apos;t realize they have a problem until it rains.” (Lacey)<br />
  3. 3. On the Internet, our identity is made up of:<br />IP (Internet Protocol) address<br />Address where we live<br />User names, password<br />Personal identification numbers (PINs)<br />Social security numbers<br />Birth dates<br /> Account numbers<br />Mother&apos;s maiden name, etc<br />
  4. 4. “With internet identity theft we don&apos;t have to wait for a thief to physically steal our information. Instead, we may unwittingly hand over the information ourselves.”- Guard Privacy <br /><ul><li>Identity theft has risen from 4.5 million to almost 7 million.
  5. 5. 12% of fraud is online.</li></ul>“Information about us can be stolen by computer criminals from the databases of banks, retailers, ISPs and data clearinghouses.”<br />
  6. 6. Phishing<br />“A study by Gartner, a security company, found that as much as 3 percent of phishing scams may be successful, with Internet users divulging sensitive information to the scam artists.” <br />Based on Internet id theft statistics from a survey of 5000 U.S. adult Internet users, Gartner estimated that...<br />57 million adults have experienced a phishing attack<br />1.78 million adults could have fallen victim to the scams<br /><br />
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  8. 8. Pharming<br />“In pharming, a cyber criminal cracks a vulnerability in an ISP&apos;s (Internet Service Provider) DNS server and hijacks the domain name of a commercial site.”<br /><ul><li>In January 2005, the domain name for a large New York ISP, Panix, was hijacked to a site in Australia.

  9. 9. In 2004 a German teenager hijacked the domain name.</li></ul><br />
  10. 10. Tips to Stay Safe<br />Keep photocopies of the order<br />Shipping and refund tips<br />Use Shopper’s Intuition-If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.<br />Be Wary of Identity Theft<br /><ul><li>Secure web sites
  11. 11. Research the vendor or web site
  12. 12. Check out Privacy policies
  13. 13. Shopping safely
  14. 14. What information to provide
  15. 15. Check the authenticity of the web address or url</li>