Did you believe in Monsters when you were growing up?
You probably thought those monsters hid in your closet, lived under your bed, or waited for you right behind the door. You were probably terrified when it got dark.
Maybe you’d call for your mom or dad. Your parents would check, and say, “There are no monsters here!” And you thought “Whew!”
Lots of children like to sleep with night lights to keep the monsters away. Remember how Boo had a bedside lamp in the movie Monsters, Inc.?
As we grew older, though, we realized that monsters don’t really exist – at least not the ones that are in fairy tales or shows. Even though those monsters don’t exist, there are other types of Monsters today that hide behind a keyboard with the intention to hurt, steal, and destroy everything you love and treasure.
I call them Cybermonsters and they are real. Cybermonsters can be anywhere – and they are dangerous!
I’m covering four of the most common Cybermonsters lurking in the cyber world, so that you can be informed and know what steps to take to protect yourself from identity theft and cyber crime.
To avoid being at risk and becoming a victim, you must know who is behind cyber attacks in the first place, right?
A Guide to CyCri-M0, the Cyber Criminal Monsters
The CyCri-M0 have overtaken one of the most dangerous and illegal businesses: the drug trade.
Cyber Criminal Monsters are the most profitable illegal industry at this time. The United Nations recently reported that these Cybermonsters make over $320 Billion annually.
CyCri-M0 go after one thing and one thing only: your money!
For the CyCri-M0, it’s all about profits
You may have noticed that I called the CyCri-M0 a business. Believe it or not, Cyber Criminal monsters operate very similarly to small businesses and other for-profit companies and large enterprises.
Cyber Criminal monsters are well organized and can be very powerful.
I can picture them having a weekly meeting to discuss their objectives as to how much information they need to steal to meet their quota.
Because they are business savvy, Cyber Criminal monsters have different ways to source and obtain their product: Your Money! They either employ different resources, namely hackers and scammers, with technical capabilities to conduct their business or they might purchase the information once somebody else has stolen it.
Cyber Criminal monsters even create partnerships between different CyCri-M0 organizations to leverage each other’s technologies and do more harm.
One of the ways the CyCri-M0 want to take advantage of us is using a technique called “credential stuffing” (which has nothing to do with the traditional U.S. Thanksgiving turkey stuffing).
Cybermonsters use accounts that have been breached. Breaches are exactly what is in the news about massive amounts of our data (users and passwords) stolen or compromised.
That’s why I’m here – to take your hand and help bring awareness, so that you can protect yourself, your business, and your family from the hackers, scammers, and Cybermonsters!
3 Simple Steps You Can Take To Protect Yourself Against Cyber Criminal Monsters
Start changing the passwords in your most sensitive accounts (banking, health information, retailers where you frequently shop) ensuring it is a different password in each account.
Continue practicing mindfulness every day, be aware that CyCri-M0 uses several techniques to trick you into clicking infected emails that ask for your user and password.
Remember that only you have the power over your own digital world!
What questions do you have about the CyCri-M0 or Cyber Criminal monsters? Ask away in the comments below! And stay tuned for future posts. We have more Cybermonsters to unmask.
Read my post about HaKi-Mo, the Hacktivist Monster here!