Cover Story: Gearing up to fight scammers
As a larger portion of our lives moves online, however, we also become more vulnerable to attacks by scammers and hackers. These criminals are employing increasingly advanced technologies, alongside their usual tactics of social engineering, to trick consumers.
Meanwhile, phishing attacks remain a threat. The victim might unknowingly download malware when they click a link in an email or message.
“If they hack you using malware by deploying a key logger, they will capture whatever you are entering via your keyboard, which could be your user ID and passwords. It could also be ransomware, where the scammers encrypt your computer [and demand payment],” says Ubaid Qadiri, Executive Director of Emerging Technology Risk and Cyber at KPMG in Malaysia.
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