30 May 2011

Experts are not the only able hackers

Even for people with novice experience in technology, it takes less than 15 minutes to hack into another person’s computer. The CPPGroup recently conducted an experiment with a small group of volunteers with little technical background to see how long it would take them to hack into a computer.

A 14-minute hacking tutorial taught the volunteers how to download hacking software and acquire personal details of others, including login details and passwords for email, social networking sites and shopping accounts.

Before participating in the experiment, each volunteer had to sign a disclaimer, stating they would not use the knowledge gained to perform malicious acts.

According to the company, more than 7 million people have had their personal information accessed without their permission, including 24 percent having their emails accessed.

"With an increased demand for tighter online security, we're calling on the government to review access to these online hacking lessons and implement tighter regulation of internet hacking communities,” said Michael Lynch, identity fraud expert from CPP.

Companies of all sizes continue to be targeted by cyber criminals. Epsilon, the world’s largest permission-based email provider, was a victim of hackers, who were able to obtain millions of its customers’ email addresses