In the world of technology, there are a few key things that are known as bad news for those who use anything that connects to the Internet: Don’t click on anything suspicious, never reveal personal information such as Social Security numbers or addresses and unsecured WiFi networks are potential hotbeds for hackers. Of course, sometimes links look very convincing or there’s no other option but to use an unsecured, public network. But whatever the reason may be, malware is a serious threat not only to data on a given device, but also to the person who owns it.
It’s recently come to light that cybercriminals are using certain kinds of viruses to track people’s movements and recreating their day. Not only is this a massive invasion of privacy but it’s also a potential safety threat.
Crime does pay
Up in Canada, there is a seemingly amateur hacker dubbed Fraspter who has created a very comfortable life for himself stealing credit card information and passport data for malicious fourth parties, reported DarkReading. Though he is not very adept at covering his tracks, or doesn’t even really care to do so, this individual has seriously compromised the identities of countless Canadian citizens.
What’s even more frightening is that he purchases his malware off the Internet and doesn’t seem knowledgeable enough to write his own code, though he has the know-how to implement it in such a manner as to cause harm to others. He is undoubtedly not alone in his country, let alone the continent, in his campaign of ill intent toward others.
Step by step
In China, university scientists have developed a malware that can track a person’s movements on the subway and in other locations where limited cell service is common, noted Fortune. This was an experiment to prove how vulnerable the sensors on phones and laptops are. Should they pay enough attention, hackers who use this sort of malware to track people could eventually begin to physically stalk a victim, causing emotional distress and potentially hurting their physical person.
Not only is this kind of behavior unacceptable, but it could very likely become fatal should this sort of software end up in the wrong hands.
At the first sign of anything strange on a device, wipe the whole thing clean and start fresh with your online backup or cloud recovery plan. These are best methods to restore a life to normal after a brush with cybercrime.