Is Spyware looking over your shoulder?
The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) (2001—2006) formed part of the National Crime Squad, a British Police organisation which dealt with major crime.
The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit was created in 2001 as a result of an Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) foiled plans to steal 220 million [pounds sterling] from the London offices of the Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui. Hackers had managed to infiltrate infiltrate /in·fil·trate/ (in-fil´trat)
1. to penetrate the interstices of a tissue or substance.
2. the material or solution so deposited.
1. the banks system with keylogging software enabling (programming) software enabling - (Or "enabling") Modification of the design or implementation of software to allow internationalisation to take place.
In particular, enabling may refer to the modification of software to support double-byte character sets, hence "Unicode them to track every button pressed on computer keyboards--from which they could learn account numbers, passwords and other sensitive information. Although the bank stated, "we have not suffered any financial damage', this incident demonstrates the silent threat that Spyware poses to any organisation!
The following top tips have been devised to highlight the dangers and advise how to avoid Spyware.
1. Prepare a Spyware prevention plan--Organisations need to take action before Spyware takes hold. This requires acknowledgement of the threat, educating users to avoid it and deployment of the most appropriate technology solution.
2. Educate users to take Spyware seriously--Some Spyware is bold enough to disable To turn off; deactivate. See disabled. security measures Noun 1. security measures - measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.; "military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
security , like firewalls. A disabled firewall may allow hackers to gain control over the compromised system--The system is also vulnerable to viruses that look for open ports on the Web. Make users aware of these threats, so they are 'on the look out' for potential problems.
3. Check licence agreements--Spyware is usually installed without the users knowledge or consent--it is often installed alongside any downloaded software, particularly if it is free. Check the EULA (End User License Agreement) The legal agreement between the manufacturer and purchaser of software. It is either printed somewhere on the packaging or displayed on screen at time of installation, the latter being the better method, because it cannot be avoided. (End User Licence Agreement) for details first!
4. Encourage users to think before they click--Many people are far too quick to click OK, before reading any security warnings. Highlight the need to consider the potential security threat first--is this content from a trusted source?
5. Watch out for physical signs--System instability, with frequent crashes, crippled application functionality, new toolbars, menus or buttons and unexplained error messages DOS and Windows error messages are listed individually in this database by the message that is displayed when they occur. See also DOS error messages and Application Error.
are all indicators of Spyware at work. In addition, excessive additional hypelinks become visible in all visited web pages.
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