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's like a leaky roof in dry weather, Pescatore says -- most people don't realize they have a problem until it rains.” (Lacey)<br />
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's maiden name, etc<br />
“With internet identity theft we don'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.
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 />
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 />http://www.guard-privacy-and-online-security.com/internet-id-theft-statistics.html<br />
Pharming<br />“In pharming, a cyber criminal cracks a vulnerability in an ISP'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.
In 2004 a German teenager hijacked the eBay.de domain name.</li></ul>http://www.guard-privacy-and-online-security.com/internet-id-theft-statistics.html<br />
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