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Kolkata Academics Attack Symbolize Rise in Cyber-crime Worldwide



Earlier this week, A series of cyber-attacks targeted academics in Kolkata, India. These cyber-attacks are believed to be conducted by a group of people as there have been too many incidents than is possible for a single person to carry out. These attacks involve creating a fake account of a real person which is then used to contact the friends of that person and ask for money. This sort of cyberattack is called a ‘social engineering attack’ where they require the ‘victim’ or ‘target’ to believe in the attacker’s fake persona. All of this to get them to send money directly or to click a link that downloads some form of malware to their device


Although these attacks are mainly targeting people in Kolkata, cyber attacks in Indonesia have been on an increasing trend as well. With the wave of cybercrime, there is a chance that you might get attacked.


To have a safer time surfing the Internet, there are several precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks. One precaution is to never click on pop-up advertisements that can often be seen on the outer sides of websites. No matter how convincing the advertisement is, it’s better not to click on it as there is a very high chance that it has a virus or malware within it. If you are surfing on a laptop or desktop computer, you could install an adblocker that will block most, if not all, pop-up ads which significantly reduces the chance of you encountering a dangerous link.


Or if a close friend or relative asks for a sum of money through text or email out of nowhere, extra caution should be taken before sending the money to make sure that they are the real person.


At times, simply opening an email will already trigger an attack and compromise your device. To prevent this, you need to look at the source of the email, and don’t open it unless it's a known source or an expected message.


Overall, as there is a rise in the number of cyber-attacks, we need to be able to protect ourselves from these attacks. We need to be more vigilant to dangerous links, unknown contacts, and random emails to keep our data, our assets, and our privacy safe from harm.


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