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What is Cybercrime - Definition

Cybercrime is a form of illicit criminal activity conducted over the Internet or another computer network. It comes in a wide array of illegal activities, including hacking, spamming, phishing and much more. The intent of cybercrime could be to defraud users, alter, destroy or steal sensitive data, acquire sensitive informative and data, steal identities, harass or scam users, flood inboxes with spam email and more.

Perhaps the most dangerous types of malware creators are the hackers and groups of hackers that create malicious software programs in an effort to meet their own specific criminal objectives. These cybercriminals create computer viruses and Trojan programs that can:

  • Steal access codes to bank accounts
  • Advertise products or services on a victim’s computer
  • Illegally use an infected computer’s resources – to develop and run:
    • Spam campaigns
    • Distributed Network Attacks (also called DDoS attacks)
    • Blackmailing operations
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What is cybercrime… and what are the risks?

To discover more about how cybercriminals operate – and the risks of falling prey to their activities – please click on the links below:

How to protect yourself against Cybercrime

With cybercriminals using so many techniques to attack users’ computers and data, multi-layer defences are a necessity. Anti-malware solutions that combine signature-based detection, heuristic analysis and cloud-assisted technologies can do more to defend your devices and data against new, sophisticated threats.

Kaspersky Lab is recognised for its world-class, multi-layer anti-malware products that can protect a range of computers and devices against cybercrime, including:

  • Windows PCs
  • Linux computers
  • Apple Macs
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets

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