A Message From A Hacker... “You just got owned...”

Nov 20, 2017

A Message From A Hacker... “You just got owned...”

BY Annie Stroud

Cybersecurity Ransomware

"I have access to all your photos. Your darkest Facebook messages. I can steal your identity. I can become you...

It’s so easy to get onto forums and get into modding, users are messing about with malware, some even make over five grand a week... Most people think that Hacking looks like something out of ‘Mr Robot’, but you can do it on any computer.

Let’s say that I’m you, and I think I know what I’m doing. I don’t download anything, I don’t go on any bad websites. You’re sitting there and it’s a weeknight, and you want to watch your favourite series. So you go on some random website and click the link. There’s your show and nothing out of the ordinary happens. However, what you didn’t know is that the website that you went on allows users to submit links, and that link you just clicked on was mine. So you just let me in...

When you click the link, you authorise the download. Once it’s on your laptop, your stuff becomes my stuff. I can do what I want. I can record your screen, capture email address, bank details. I have access to all your photos, all your messages. I can steal your identity. I can become you. I’ll just make up some fake social media profiles, bank accounts. I’ll make you say and do things you’d never do. You just got owned...

The only thing you can do is update, update and update again. Your software apps ask you to update them all the time, usually to fix bugs.They’re also meant to fix weaknesses, which people like me can use to attack your device, and access your private data. If you don’t update your software and apps, the weaknesses don’t get fixed. So you’re in a race to update before the hackers get you…People think they’re safe, but they just don’t have a clue…

This is happening countless times every day. I’m one of thousands. Get ahead of the game… Backup, update and protect your data before it’s too late."

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