India is the second most affected country by cyber crimes and schools are found to be the soft target. While universities are better equipped, schools are so prone to repeated cyber crimes.
Ill-equipped with technologies to protect their systems from malicious software, schools are easy prey aver experts. Apparently, in 2017, “Facebook for Schools” was available for sell on the dark web. So who are the customers of such data? Pranksters, foreign government and professional criminals.
Once stolen, the attackers exploit the sensitive data to create fake identities, manipulate grades and steal intellectual properties and loot money from victims’ accounts. Spear phishing is a scam mail that targets schools and individuals rich with sensitive information. Once the email is opened, viewers automatically click on links or open attachments. Systems that have third party vendors have higher chances of suffering a downed system.
Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, providing complete value in exchange for money. Hackers usually don the appearance of reputed individuals belonging from esteemed institutions thereby tricking school authorities into opening the emails. What follows is chaos and Google has issued repeated
warnings, yet many schools fall into the net.
Detailed information regarding preventions should be circulated inside school premises. The basic precautionary measure is keeping the anti-virus activated and firewalls updated. Generally, phishing could lead to loss of passwords and credentials, client information and sensitive data. Financial losses over fake identities and money transfer are also prevalent. Public schools run a greater risk since parents’ credit cards and details are stored in the system along with detailed information about each pupil.
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22 Phishing web site hosts rank
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Steps to avoid from falling into the trap
• Try to spot anomalies and discrepancies in emails that deviate from standardized procedures
• The embedded URLs need to be examined before clicking on it. Or simply make the pointer hover over the URL to see if there is a different targeted address. The URL should compulsorily begin with “https” and an icon near the address bar
• Anti-phishing toolbar is a good investment to run a thorough check on a scam website. The toolbar will
automatically detect for virus and alert the use about it
• A security audit could improve the IT infrastructures and shed light on data breaches
• Updated browsers can provide the latest security patches to identify loopholes and errors
• Children could be trained to navigate through the host of challenges that plague daily online lives
Cyber crime Hubs
• Globally, an estimated $6 trillion is expected to revamp cyber security by 2021
• India ranks 3rd in facing the highest number of cyber threats
• Common threats plaguing schools and colleges are data breaches 31%, malware 23%, phishing 13%, network or school infrastructure hacks 10%, and denial-of-service attacks 4%
• Companies take approximately 6 months to locate a data breach even a trivial one
• Through like-jacking and link-jacking hackers attack users through social media. Social media related
cyber crime earn $3,25+ billion per year
• Third party app stores have 99.9% of mobile malware. The malware is installed through the free apps on devices
• Above 22% of ransomware attacks in Q 1 2019 targeted organizations India cyber crime in Anatomy of