Some real life incidents
I am going to share with you real life incidents where people got ripped off;
this can be a lesson for others to not repeat the mistake.
Crypto locker Virus
On September 2013, hackers unleashed this ransom virus on internet which
encrypted the personal files of victims and asked $300 as payment to unlock
the files. Those who did not pay were not able to get their files back and at
that time, there was no way of removing the virus or getting the files restored
without paying the money to hackers. Even now, if someone gets infected by
the virus, it is not an easy task to recover the files. For the people who store
sensitive and important documents on their computer, it becomes an
absolute necessity to get their files back and sometimes there is no option but
to actually pay the amount and hope that hackers remain true to their word
by unlocking the files.
This is how it looks after your computer is infected:
The hackers were able to successfully extort more than $3 million dollar
from the victims around the world.
You may ask how people got infected. The victims got an email pretending
to be from a legitimate company with an attachment (which had this virus
hidden behind a pdf file). I will cover it later in detail about how these kind
of viruses can enter your computer and how not to get trapped like this.
Nigerian mail scam
A person from New York when received the following e-mail thought he got
the opportunity of a lifetime-
“DEAR SIR/MADAM: I REPRESENT THE RECENTLY DEPOSED
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE FOR NODAMBIZIA, WHO HAS
EMBEZZLED 30 MILLION DOLLARS FROM HIS STARVING
COUNTRYMEN AND NOW NEEDS TO GET IT OUT OF THE
The e-mail asks the victim to help the sender in getting millions of dollars
getting out of country and in return they would share the profit. The
complete e-mail was very long with a lot of convincing tactics. The person
fell into the trap and deposited $5000 as costs of travel, bribery,
administration etc. Later he was asked to come to Nigeria for physical
meeting and when he got there he was threatened to deposit more money.
The victim refused and the criminals killed him.
There are thousands of such cases of which this is just a singled out example.
The e-mail may or may not be convincing enough but thousands of people
fall into these kind of traps which is getting this scam flourishing.
These are just a few examples. In reality, there are countless examples of
people getting scammed for money. You can imagine that when a single type
of virus can result in loss of $3 million dollar, how much amount all the
viruses such scam schemes actually extort.
Note: This is just the sample of the book covering a very small and limited portion. Detailed informative knowledge awaits you when you get the full edition.
Just ask yourself one question. Isn’t your security and online well being worth $4.99 ? If spending such a small amount ensures a secure future, what are you waiting for?