Even in this day and age where information is free and is spread through the Information superhighway, terrorism has found new ways to abuse the Internet too. Rob Wainwright, an expert in cybercrime and its effects on society, said that because of the efficiency of the Internet and with how fast it can transmit information from one to the other, it’s no longer an issue when terrorists can hand information from one state to the next. He believes that the Internet “will keep improving within 10 years time and crime will also seek ways on how to systematically use the Internet to their advantage.
If you’ve heard about the term “cyber terrorism” nowadays, then you’d know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m talking about how hackers send out viruses, malware, and corrupted data that can steal hundreds of important files from government websites, data banks, and even in actual banks and financial corporations.
Even attacks in social media websites and stealing millions of private data is and should be considered an act of terrorism. Everyone is afraid that all of their private information will just be handed over to some group, who will then use all that data for despicable means.
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With so much data placed on websites and programs, a lot of counter-terrorism experts agree that this cyber-terrorism is a new form of terrorism. Sometimes, people have way too many secrets and exploiting those can definitely keep them awake at night. This is why our government has also started ways on how to counter cyber-terrorism by keeping a more proactive stance on catching hackers and developers who build malware and data-stealing viruses.
So what exactly can you do on your end? You can prevent cybercrime and cyber terrorism by not sharing your private data to anyone, especially with outsiders. Be careful when using a public computer or an internet cafe. Remember to always log out from mobile devices and laptops after using. You never know who might use your information if you’re not too careful.