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Why You're at Risk


WHO IS THE BAD GUY?

A hacker is someone who breaks the security of a computer network, an application or someone who writes malicious viruses.  
 
Today a hacker may be the teen next door, driven by curiosity to see what they can do, but the vast majority are organized gangs of young, mostly Eastern European hackers who are growing ever more brazen about doing business on the Web.  They meet in the underground to trade tips and data and coordinate scams that span the globe.   


HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?

 
  • Anti-virus vendors report receiving 60,000 new malware samples every day
  • Approximately 1500 new malware sites are created per day
  • Sixty-percent of top Google search terms return malicious sites within the first 100 results


WHY DO THEY DO IT?

  • Canadian Pharmacy spam campaign can net $16,000 per day
  • Affiliate webmaster redirecting to a scareware site can net $180,000 a year
  • Credit card information sells for $15 to $200
  • Botnet rental runs as little as $10 - $65 per hour
  • One million email addresses can be purchased for $20 - $100
  • Complete set of data on a US resident only costs $5 to $8
  • A continuous 24-hour Botnet for DDoS attacks can be launched for as little as $50
  • Stolen bank account details goes for $1 to $1,500 depending on level of detail and balance


HOW DO THEY DO IT?

  • A pop-up in your web browser saying you have a virus
  • In a pdf or poisoned Microsoft Office email attachment
  • A link in a Facebook message
  • A link your in your Google search results
  • A contaminated USB drive
  • Inside a free game or download
  • Poisoned ads on prominent websites
  • Through security weaknesses in old, un-patched software