These days, it’s tough to find someone who hasn’t at least been sent a phishing email, let alone responded to one. Being the go-to computer guy in my family, I’ve had to deal with “can you just look at this email and tell me what you think?” or “Microsoft called me about my computer being hacked, can you come fix it?” on more than one occasion. And it’s not just my grandparents that I’ve had to educate, but younger family members as well – to support this finding, Norton released their Cybercrime Report last week which showed that Millennials were more likely to fall victim to cybercrime than Baby Boomers. To think, here I was worried about old dogs learning new tricks, when the new dogs were the ones that needed the most help.
Norton says that cybercrime cost $110 billion over the past 12 months – quite the lucrative venture, it seems, especially when you fail to see much in the way of prosecuting the offenders. We’ll occasionally hear about some high-profile carder or malware author’s arrest, but it seems that owners of file-sharing companies are of greater importance to law enforcement. Perhaps the banking associations need to hire the MPAA’s lobbyists.