As long as there has been internet, there have been incessant scammers that lurk throughout the virtual shadows in search of a PC to attack or a non-suspecting user to rob. However, these practices can be avoided with a bit of insight and a lot of trust in your IT support.
Cyber scams mask themselves behind a variety of identities, as Italian authorities disclosed a new trick that scammers are utilizing to bypass security measures and cash out on your dime. Whether it be directly after visiting a potentially harmful site or upon being unwillingly redirected to an advertisement, these scammers notify you through your own device that there is a malware issue that requires an immediate remedy. As stated by ZD Net, “There are many groups who operate in this area of cybercrime, but the basic tactic remains the same: the user is told that their PC is infected with malware and it needs to be fixed, or they’re told that their computer has been blocked by law enforcement.”
Upon being bombarded for instant payment in order to ward off the infection and “fix” the problem, users are unknowingly handing over their bank account information directly to the scammers themselves.
A profound offense of this crime was seen targeting an Italian demographic, claiming to be the Ministero Della Difesa — the Italian Ministry of Defence – and crediting their aggressive attack for “display and dissemination of materials prohibited by Italian law”.
Here’s how you, as a consumer, can protect yourself from unlawful attacks such as these. Mentally note that the government will never intervene with your PC and demand money for clearance of any potential wrong doing. However, if you ever feel conflicted about an alleged virus or breach of security, pinpoint a reputable IT team that you can trust for reference and potential assistance.
“While the techniques behind the attacks are getting increasingly complex, users can go a long way to protecting themselves by being careful while using the web — especially when it comes to pop-ups on unfamiliar websites,” says ZD Net.