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Cyber Threats and Scams

What is a computer Virus?

What is a computer Virus? A computer virus is a program that can ‘infect’ other legitimate programs by modifying them to include a possibly ‘evolved’ copy of itself. Viruses can spread themselves, without the knowledge or permission of the users, to potentially large numbers of programs on many machines. A computer virus passes from computer to computer like a biological virus passes from person to person. Viruses can also contain instructions

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What is Denial of Service attack?

What is Denial of Service attack?   A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer or network resource unavailable to its intended users. The primary goal of the attack is to deny the victim(s) access to a particular resource. Included is information that may help a respond to such attack. A "denial-of-service" attack is characterized by an explicit attempt by attackers

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What is hacking?

What is Hacking? Ø Hacking in simple terms means illegal intrusion into a computer system without the permission of the computer owner/user. Ø Hacking is exploring the details of programmable systems. Ø Stretching the capabilities of computer systems. Ø Sharing their computer expertise. Hacker’s Motivations: Ø Fun. Ø Profit. Ø Extortion. Ø Technical Reputation. Ø Scorekeeping. Ø Revenge/maliciousness. Ø Intellectual Challenges. Ø Desire

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What is Cyber Crime?

Cyber crime is the latest and perhaps the most complicated problem in the cyber world. “Cyber crime may be said to be those species, of which, genus is the conventional crime, and where either a computer network is source, tool, target or subject of the conduct constituting crime” . Types of Cyber Crime Ø Hacking Ø Denial of Service attack Ø Virus Dissemination Ø Software Piracy Ø Pornography Ø IRC Crime Ø Credit Card Fraud Ø Atm Card

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