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Beware of cyber crooks! Cyber theft of consumer data rose 200% in 2015

With more and more people moving towards online transaction, cyber criminals are now posing as “technical support” to steal your data. This “fake technical support” model is increasingly being used to for consumer data theft, says a report by security software firm Symantec.

business Updated: Apr 27, 2016 12:07 IST
Cyber crooks are devising newer ways to stealing consumer data says a report by security software firm, Symantec.
Cyber crooks are devising newer ways to stealing consumer data says a report by security software firm, Symantec.(HT Archive)

With more and more people moving towards online transaction, cyber criminals are now posing as “technical support” to steal your data. This “fake technical support” model is increasingly being used to for consumer data theft, says a report by security software firm Symantec. According to the report, thefts involving fake technical support saw a whopping 200% increase in 2015 across the world.

“With close to 5 lakh attacks last year, India ranked 11 amongst countries targeted the most by tech support scams... The countries targeted the most by tech support scams were the US, the UK, France, Australia and Germany,” Symantec director solution product management Asia Pacific and Japan Tarun Kaura told PTI.

It should be noted that the countries that had most reported tech support scams were the US, UK, France, Australia and Germany. In total, Symantec blocked more than 100 million tech support scams last year (globally),” he added.

The report also lays out the dos and donts of cyber safety, such as using strong and unique passwords and regularly changing them, among other tips.