After hackers stole thousands of user names, passwords and credit card numbers from Stratfor, a security company based in Austin, Texas, founder and CEO George Friedman apologized and said the matter was a failure on the company's behalf. Stratfor should improve internet security to make sure there are no further breaches in the future.
A 15-year-old girl's mother is complaining that the internet security at Nepean High School in Ontario, Canada, is not good and that students are vulnerable to pedophiles and other predators, according to the Ottawa Citizen. The mother, Laura Lobay, said the children are able to access the internet over an open, unsecured network.
A scam in which fake antivirus software is sold to unsuspecting internet users reached "epidemic proportions" last year in Canada, according to Moneyville, accounting for 70 to 80 percent of frauds reported daily, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre said.
Mobile antivirus software is becoming more of a necessity. Electronic experts expect 2012 will be the year that viral attacks start working on phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Stratfor, a security think tank that fell victim to hackers within the last month, was targeted once again. Stratfor is telling subscribers that they may be targeted by an internet security breach in the form of false and misleading communications from cyber criminals.
In an effort to increase internet security and surveillance, Iran will start to clamp down on certain websites and other areas of the internet.
People who access their bank accounts should have antivirus software ready to go either way, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation now warns that an email going around tries to phish personal information from people. The scam says the email is either from the National Automated Clearing House Association, the Federal Reserve Bank or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and has a virus that allows access to online bank accounts.
While 2011 was a year with increased security attacks, 2012 may see even more viruses and malware being thrown at businesses and users on their smartphones and PCs. Motley Fool contributor Dawn Kawamoto writes on DailyFinance that advanced mobile threats and more are imminent, which means people should make sure to shore up their antivirus software.
Last year showed that scammers will go to lengths to get personal information, credit card numbers and more from users. Internet security and common sense should be used, as the Better Business Bureau released their list of the top scams from last year, with the BBB phishing scam at the top.
The Japan Defense Ministry is working to develop a defense weapon for a virus that will be capable of tracing the source of a cyber attack to its origin to shut it down and disable the system along the way. This is a controversial method of internet security, as many believe it could also cause harm.
With more security breaches and threats imminent in 2012, the Chinese government is trying to work with 10 search engines to decrease the chance that internet users can be reached by phishing attacks. All users should take their own internet security precautions as well.
Proving that antivirus software is necessary for those who surf social media websites that can double as news aggregates, reports show that a Twitter post saying Fidel Castro is dead is a virus. People should use caution when clicking on any link provided on Twitter.
For the new year, people should take stock of how they are maintaining internet security and keeping files at their offices safe. Resource Nation said things such as antivirus software could help save companies a lot of headaches by protecting files and networks.
Credit card information of thousands of Israeli people was released on the internet by hackers claiming to be Saudi Arabian this week. According to The Associated Press, it was a politically motivated attack. This shows that people, no matter where they are, should have good internet security protocol in place. Hackers called on web browsers to make illegal purchases with the cards, according to Israel News.