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E-attacks triple in first half of year 2014.09.26
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ALMOST all of you are using computers or smartphones, but are you protecting yourself enough?

Online security breaches have tripled in the first half of this year, experts warned.

A total of 1,618 cases were reported to the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT, 香港電腦保安事故協調中心 ) compared with 547 in the same period last year – exceeding the 1,593 cases for the whole of 2013.

Of the current cases 881, or 54 percent, were botnet (殭屍網絡) attacks, 290 phishing (釣魚式攻擊), 117 defacement (網頁塗改), 106 malware (惡意軟件) and 64 distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS, 分散式阻斷服務攻擊), which try to make a machine or network unavailable for use.

HKCERT senior consultant Leung Siu-cheong (梁兆昌) said botnet attacks are when hackers may use a person’s computer to attack others or to collect information, without the knowledge of its owner.

Also, since each Hongkonger (香港人) has on average 2.38 mobile SIM cards, hackers find it attractive to break into their smartphones and steal users’ information or use them to launch other internet attacks.

You can protect yourself by checking that apps are from trusted sources before you download them and never opening email attachments from suspicious senders, he said.

(The Standard, 19 September 2014)

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