Cyber Crime Investigation

Cyber sabotage investigations can be conducted for a wide range of actions, from a harmful and libelous social networking post, all the way up to the hacking and leaking of corporate consumer information such as credit card numbers or industry secrets. They come in many forms, ranging from libelous social networking posts to hacking and leaking of corporate consumer information, credit card numbers, or industry and trade secrets.

Now a days Cyber attacks has increased dramatically because companies turn to the web and social media for marketing, banking, and internal operations. The more data and information that exists on the network, the more risk there is in it being stolen or misappropriated.

If you fear that cyber sabotage has compromised corporate secrets or caused financial data to be leaked, or if your reputation is being damaged by bloggers, reckless social media posts, or other internet-based reporting, then Aryaman can help with a Cyber Sabotage Investigation.

We have expert investigators who can not only figure out where the information is leaking, but where it is going, who is taking it, and how they are using it. We can trace libelous content to its source.

Our investigators will work quickly and discreetly to trace the source of the Cyber sabotage without alerting them that anyone is looking into them.

Cyber Sabotage can exist in many forms

  • Distracting or misleading the public or authorities about someone’s true identity, either to harm their reputation or to hide a criminal
  • “Hacktivists” using illegally obtained information from computers, networks, and Intranet for political, social, or activist causes
  • Stopping, delaying, or shutting down machines run by computers, such as nuclear power plants, mass transit and traffic control devices, and more by cyber terrorists
  • Bombarding a website with data until it is overwhelmed and incapable of completing basic and essential functions
  • Stealing credit cards numbers and identity theft
  • Hacking cell phones and tablets, which are used more and more for secured financial and business transactions

The problem of Cyber Sabotage is increasing day by day because of tough competition in the corporate world. It diminishes reputation within some minutes, the company may suffer a lot even they have not done such things.

Causes of Computer Crime

  • Sharing Identification numbers and passwords
  • Unauthorized access from remote location (hacking)
  • Unauthorized access by non-authorized employee
  • Security system by-passed
  • Poor physical security
  • Poor system security
  • Abuse of legitimate access
  • Viruses etc or other willful damage by disgruntled employee or competitor
  • Appropriate computer security changes not done when employees with access leave or are transferred.
  • Data files and listings not held under proper security

Recommended Prevention Measures

  • Must Develop and Implement appropriate system failure procedures
  • remember Shred computer listings after use
  • Do not share Identification numbers and passwords with anyone
  • Change passwords regularly for better security
  • Regularly monitor usage of dial-up facilities.
  • Implement a system of controlling employees with access to data.
  • Physical security of equipment and diskettes.

Hacking, Computerized Fraud And Other Computer Crimes

A “hacker” is a dedicated programming expert who believes in sharing his expertise and experiences with other hackers. A hacker does not believe in vandalizing or maliciously destroying data, or in stealing data of any kind.

He may find your credit card number stored there from buying online, or use the information gleaned from your computer to use your ISP account for illegal activity, like distributing child pornography

How can I stop hackers from gaining access to my computer?

  • Only download or accept files from reliable sources.
  • Must Use a better firewall to block unauthorized access to your computer.
  • Install a good virus scanner program and update virus information files at least weekly to be secure
  • Do not keep passwords, bank or financial account numbers, or other personal and confidential information on your computer’s hard drive.  Rather Store this type of information on removable disks (floppies or zip disks).

The Hijack

It is a relatively new form of fraud unique to the Internet. Consumers are prompted to download a purported “viewer program” to see computer images for free. Once downloaded –

  • the consumer’s computer is “hijacked” by the viewer program
  • which turns off the consumer’s modem speakers
  • disconnects the computer from the local Internet provider
  • dials an international number and connects the consumer to a remote site.
  • The expensive international costs are charged to the consumer’s telephone bill until the telephone is turned off.

 

Child Safety

  • Place the computer in a centrally located area in your home – not in a child’s bedroom. This prevents “secret” communications or access and also allows all members of the family to use it.
  • Talk to your children about the Internet. Explain that it is an excellent source of information, but some sites are inappropriate and they are expected to stay away from these sites.
  • Establish time frames for Internet access. This will encourage your children to obtain information in a timely manner and discourage aimless wandering.
  • Keep an open line of communication with your children.
  • Discuss their Internet experiences and guide them to sites that are age-appropriate.
  • Consider using software that can block or filter Internet sites or certain words that may indicate inappropriate sites.
  • In a chat room never give out any personal information including: name, address, city, state, school attended, telephone number, family names or other personal family information.
  • Never respond to someone who wants to meet in person or send photographs. Instruct your children to exit the chat room and notify you immediately if this happens.
  • Most importantly, if your child visits a particular chat room, spend at least five or ten minutes monitoring the conversation to see if it is appropriate.
  • Consider purchasing computer software products that can help you monitor and control your child’s access to the Internet.
  • Monitor your children’s Internet activity by checking all of the sites visited.

 

Viruses

Simply stated, a virus, Trojan or worm is a small program written to cause harm to one or more computers or networks. A Virus, Worm or Trojan can also be designed to retrieve information from your computer to be delivered to an attacker for future use. For example credit card information, passwords, and security access codes.

 

If You Have Any Of The Following Symptoms, Your Computer May Be Infected

  • Does your computer suddenly take longer to start up?
  • Do program sizes keep changing?
  • Your computer won’t boot up.
  • File names are strange or keep changing.
  • You can’t access your hard drive without booting from a floppy startup disk.
  • Your computers CMOS settings keep changing – and you have a new CMOS battery.
  • Your computer is sending out emails that you didn’t write.
  • Strange unexplained things are happening with your computer; e.g. the CD ROM opens and closes when no one is using the computer.
  • Monitor your children’s Internet activity by checking all of the sites visited.

How can I protect my computer against future infections?

  1. Install and configure a good anti-virus program on your computer.
  2. Keep the virus definition files up to date.
  3. Anti-virus software programs can be configured to automatically check for new dat files (virus definitions) and your anti-virus program should be setup to do this at least weekly.
  4. Your anti-virus program should be configured to scan email, all files and folders, boot sectors and all removable disks (floppy and zip disks).
  5. If you receive an attachment or file via email, IRC, ICQ or removable disk that attachment must be scanned for viruses before opening it.

 

Tips to keep you safe online

  • Never send money to an unsolicited e-mail or a posting you spotted on the Web.
  • Never agree to a meeting with someone who has posted a fabulous offer. In-person meetings give the con artist a chance to turn on high-pressure sales tactics or even rob you.
  • If you are setting up an online identity for e-mail, be very vague. Do not give out personal information in a profile.
  • Contact your ISP or local law enforcement if you receive suspicious or threatening e-mail.
  • Be alert for any responses to e-mail that you don’t believe you have sent.
  • Be alert to e-mail bearing a return address you recognize, but with content that does not match the personality of the sender.
  • Look carefully at message headers for discrepancies between sender and provider.
  • Acquire and use encryption software if you send e-mail containing confidential or sensitive information.
  • Web sites whose purposes are to commit fraud appear and disappear quickly, making it difficult for them to be tracked. If you find a suspicious Web site, print the screen and any correspondence. Present this information when filing a complaint with your ISP or Cyber Crime Police Division.

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