Cybercrime is On the Rise: Dealing with Hackers


CybercrimeAdvances in information technology changed the lives of countless people. On the other hand, these allow some people to conduct criminal acts in the digital platform, thus causing losses of different types and levels. The dangers these pose to security override their benefits as a result.

The rise of cybercrime

Cybercrime is more of a norm nowadays. In fact, the “Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact” revealed that around two-thirds of global Internet users and about three-quarters of Web surfers in the US were victims of online crime. In addition, criminals stole around 6.4M LinkedIn user passwords and hacked about 250,000 Twitter accounts.

Given the prevalence and potential damages of cybercrimes, and criminal defense lawyers in Houston cite some ways to address this problem:

Prevention is necessary

Cybercrime is usually hard to track and prove once it happens. That is why people should try to avoid becoming victims by taking preventive measures.

There should be different passwords for every account to keep online credentials safe. Wireless connections should be secure with a strong password as well. Furthermore, users should not disclose their bank accounts, credit card and other personal information online.

Investing in anti-hacking software will also help address cybercrime. Anti-malware, spyware or virus programs for browsers and computers should always be active, maintained and up-to-date to avoid hacks. People should also look for e-mail providers with filters in e-mail to prevent spam mail hacking.

Cooperation with the authorities

The lack of cooperation among the victims further contributes to the cybercrime problem. Norton’s report further revealed that while a quarter of respondents expected to become victims of online crimes, only half said they would change their behavior if they became a victim. In addition, only 44% of the victims reported the crime to the police.

Researchers strongly emphasize the importance of reporting the matter to the authorities. They also encourage victims to be attentive to details of the crime to help the police and lawyers solve the problem.

Cyber criminals may cause costly consequences if people tolerate them. Due diligence is necessary on your part, whether you are a victim of online crime or not.

Republican Defends Controversial Indiana Law

Same SexOne of the most prominent names in the republican side of the government gave an Easter surprise to gays and lesbians across the United States last Sunday

The former senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, uttered a homophobic term while defending the controversial religious law that was recently uphold in Indiana. This is the same law that some believe empowers businesses to refuse to render service to gays and lesbians.

Experts suggest that the law is “designed” in order to safeguard and preserve the religious views of the business owners from Indiana. Unfortunately, this did not sit well with the Gay community as Gay activists argued he law will open the door for discrimination, which will not only affect them, but lesbians and the transgender as well.

With a not so warm reception it received from the American people, the law was amended to include terms that give “minimal” protection based on sexual orientation.

During his appearance on CBS News’ Face The Nation, Santorum, The former presidential candidate who ran for the highest position in the state in 2012 and is known for having plans of running this coming election, showed his full support for the original bill without the changes, calling discrimination a “two-way street”.

He further added to the controversy by directing the flow of the discussion around the issue of executive overreach, which many consider as a familiar refrain for conservatives. The senator also went as far as asking questions whether such law would be equally reasonable if the government required a gay business to print signs saying, “God hates fags” for a client like the Westboro Baptist Church.

That Kansas-based church is openly homophobic, claiming US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan are God’s punishment for US laws that protect gays and lesbians.

One of the usual targets for supporters of gay and lesbian rights, Santorum unquestionably knew the free speech buttons he was pushing by using a homophobic slur, however activists were also quick to point out his comparison is misleading.

Stuart Gaffney, from Marriage Equality USA, told DC Dispatches that, “Santorum is confusing this [debate] by asking whether a business should have to print hate speech,” he added, “No law requires businesses to provide that service”.

Last week, Gaffney pointed to a ruling in which a Colorado state agency found in favor of a bakery that reportedly refused to decorate two cakes from a customer with Bible verses rejecting same-sex marriage.