It's been said that hackers will exploit any possible entry point for gain, and this includes the heart.Ever since the creation of virtual identities thanks to chat rooms and then social networking, fraudsters have been fabricating online personas for any number of malicious reasons, not the least of which is perpetrating a cyber attack.
Let us take a step back and understand how digital is impacting our lives. Today, literally every person has a parallel digital avatar or identity.
If you recall, in the corporate world 10 years back, digital was only about office automation, installing an ERP software or a tally, or install a printer, so that things could be formatted better, few things became more time and cost efficient but that was the extent.
This includes: Now, according to Reuters, the company has to pay $11.2 million to users who were affected by the breach – users with valid claims can get up to $3,500 depending on their losses attributable to the breach.
My all time favourite is this one: A Nigerian astronaut has been trapped in space for the past 25 years and needs $3 million to get back to Earth, Can you help?
Moreover, Nigerians are also good at promising true love and happiness. Those looking for true love and happiness lost tens of millions of dollars over the Nigerian dating and romance scams.
These criminals spend their whole day trolling the online dating sites for contact emails and then send off hundreds of thousands of fraudulent emails awaiting the victim's response.
Ashley Madison, an American most prominent dating website that helps people cheat on their spouses has been hacked, has agreed to an .2 Million settlement for roughly 37 million users whose personal details were exposed in a massive data breach two years ago.
Though the parent company of Ashley Madison, Ruby Corp., denies any wrongdoing, the company has pledged to pay around ,500 to each of the hack's victims for the settlement.
Until now, the justice department has charged a total of 21 suspects in this case: 12 defendants have already pleaded guilty to charges related to the conspiracy while 11 have been sentenced to date.