- Phishing – The aim is to trick people into handing over their card details or access to protected systems. Emails are sent out that contain either links or attachments that either take you to a website that looks like your bank’s, or installs malware on your system.
A report by Verizon into data breach investigations has shown that 23% of people open phishing emails.
- Identity theft – According to fraud protection agency Cifas, the number of victims rose by 31 per cent to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015. Criminals use online ‘fraud forums’ to buy and sell credit cards, email addresses and passports.
- Hacking – In a Verizon study of security breaches there were 285 million data exposures, which works out to about 9 records exposed every second. 26% of these attacks were executed internally within organisations.
It is estimated that 90% of all data records that were used in a crime was a result of hackers employed by organised crime.
- Online harrassment – Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, while 73% of adult users have seen someone harassed in some way online and 40% have experienced it.