The Underground E-conomy: Cyber Crime Exposed
This infographic literally exposes the world of cyber criminals and how they use our personal information. The illustration depicts cyber crime as a shady underworld that exists beneath our feet. The reader is invited to follow a pair of tunnels that stretch deep below the earth, revealing the many layers of cyber crime and the network of criminals who toil there, hidden from the unsuspecting public.)
- Eight million Canadians fell victim to it last year. It’s getting more powerful and organized every year. It’s cyber crime. And it thrives on your personal information. Follow the tunnels to see how cyber criminals get your info and make millions with it.
- You willingly share your personal information online, with companies and websites. And sometimes unknowingly with “botnets.”
- Even major businesses get hacked. So if they have your info, hackers might too.
- Botnets are networks of personal computers that have been infected with malware. Cyber criminals use them to send spam, install malware on other computers, and carry out denial-of-service attacks, all without the owners realizing it.
- Pharmers rent botnets to hackers for as much as $5000 an hour.
- 5 million estimated botnets worldwide.
- 30 million compromised computers were used to create one of the biggest botnets ever.
- Every minute, 232 computers around the world are infected by malware.
- Hackers often use botnets to steal information from individuals and businesses, including email addresses, financial information and dates of birth.
- Hackers sell that information to spammers, identity thieves and spoofers, also knows as monetizers.
- Monetizers turn your data into false identities, credit card scams and more spam.
- 70% of Canadian adults have experienced a cyber crime.
Know how to protect yourself online.
- Be wary of emails from financial institutions and other organizations that ask for your personal information. If in doubt, call the company to verify the email.
- Don’t use your credit card number online unless you know the company you’re dealing with is reputable and the website is secure.
- Set different passwords for all the websites you use. And don’t forget to update your antivirus software regularly.
Keep your info out of the Underground E-conomy.
- Be careful with sharing your personal information like your cell number, address, workplace and social insurance number (SIN). Your SIN number is virtually a key to your identity and credit reports.
- Keep your social media profiles private. Cyber criminals scan them for your personal information.
- Visit Getcybersafe.gc.ca for more tips on how to protect your personal information online.
 Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 “Quick Facts for Canada”
 Symantec MessageLabs Internet Security Report, 2010
 SecureList, “End of the Line for Bredolab Botnet,” December 2010
 RSA 2012 Cybercrime Trends Report
 CIO, “Are You At Risk? What Cyber Criminals Do With Your Personal Data,” 2012; McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012