Experts: Computer crimes will rise without security measures

Experts: Computer crimes will rise without security measures

Computer security experts who analyzed the recent cyber intrusion against retail giant Target during the holiday season say that such Internet crimes are likely to become more common. A growing number of industry professionals say that alleged computer criminals are becoming more tech-savvy than ever. People who commit computer crimes are more likely to break through the outdated computer security systems used by U.S. companies. The hackers that struck Target during the holiday season made off with 40 million card numbers. About 70 million customers’ personal information was also pilfered in that attack, with some Maryland residents affected.

Analysis shows that only about one in 10 businesses in the U.S. are prepared to foil cybercrime with industry standard security measures. Some have even criticized those protections, saying the industry’s best practices guidelines do not provide adequate shielding against aggressive computer crime and identity theft. Researchers say that a growing number of criminal defendants are likely to surface as more people attempt to bypass archaic security systems. To truly protect themselves, most retailers would have to enforce rigid security systems that involve complicated protections against sensitive data. That could mean that credit card information would be held on embedded computer chips instead of the black magnetic tape found on most domestic charge cards.

Statistics show that cybercrime is increasing in popularity, with a 26 percent increase in 2012 alone. American companies lose more than $11 million annually because of identity theft and other types of cybercrime. Some experts seem to believe that cybercrime will only continue to increase until better protections are implemented throughout the industry.

Criminal defendants who are accused of cybercrime may benefit from consulting a Maryland attorney to learn more about their legal options. Although computer crimes may be increasingly sophisticated, investigators still attempt to bring charges against Maryland residents. A criminal defense attorney may provide clients with additional protection during courtroom proceedings.

Source: Newsmax, “Experts: Hackers Outsmarting Outdated Retailer Security” Melissa Clyne, Feb. 10, 2014

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