[ISN] Hackers cause per capita loss of US$224 in China in 2013

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140506000060&cid=1103&utm_content=buffer44f85 By Staff Reporter WantChinaTimes.com 2014-05-06 In 2013, 552 million people around the world lost their personal information to hackers. In China alone, 164 million people were affected by internet crime, with combined losses reaching US$37 billion or a per capita loss of US$224, the Guangzhou-based Dayoo reports, citing Symantec Corporation. In 2001, a hacker war between China and the United States rocked the world. Since then, the internet has quickly spread to the whole of China with amazing speed, and the battlefield is wide and plentiful for the relentless assault of black and white hat hackers. With the rising popularity of smartphones, there are now 12 million malicious links ready at any time to threaten personal information and financial security. From the viewpoint of quite a few top hackers, payment accounts which look safe can be changed at any time, money in savings accounts can be directly transferred to a hacker’s account, and hackers can directly give orders without paying money. More than 60% of network platforms have safety faults and if a user fails to adopt any protection measures, being attacked is just a matter of time. The problem is that most people are not aware of the battle din ringing in their phones, their PCs and their networks. In a computer security context, a hacker is someone who seeks and exploits weaknesses in a computer system or computer network. They may be motivated by profit, protest or simple love of a challenge, and may be lone wolfs or part of a worldwide underground network. PW, the owner of a software development firm in Guangzhou, has another unknown job as a senior hacker. A computer expert, PW sees himself a non-typical hacker who loves the sport for its own sake. He said about 80% of websites have various faults and successfully carrying out attacks on these websites is just a matter of time. […]