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How Hackers Target Families by mmsen: 3:15pm On Aug 03, 2015

Hackers are using children to infect family computers, tablets and smartphones by way of gaming websites. The websites are usually established as legitimate enterprises, an avenue for children to wile away their free time at home or on the move, adorned with friendly looking cartoon characters and the promise of fun filled hours.

Young children are naturally drawn to big, brightly colored buttons - hackers are likely to use this as a ploy to initiate the downloading of a virus. The promise of something for nothing, a common promise that entices the best of us, is another tactic used - 'free games' that are not free is tried and tested means of trapping young internet users into downloading malware.

Online gaming, by its very nature, requires a lot of clicking, more so than regular browsing. The opportunities for cybercriminals to insert nefarious links into innocent looking webpages abound. Hackers frequently take advantage of javascript vulnerabilities to install infections and induce unwitting users to download unwanted malicious software. Users are advised to be wary of any gaming website that redirects to linuxstabs.com - a favorite haunt for those looking to spread malware.

An Avast study released in 2012 claimed that the majority of affected sites had fallen victim to hackers and were not established to spread malware. When contacted, some sites shifted the blame for the malware to third party links.

Parents should ensure that all hardware has up to date anti-virus software; that all operating systems are up to date and that any security patches have been installed.

Re: How Hackers Target Families by RichDad1(m): 3:39pm On Aug 03, 2015
Mods, please more people needs to know about this.
Re: How Hackers Target Families by chybykee(m): 4:03pm On Aug 03, 2015
hmmmm....GAMES esp free things
Re: How Hackers Target Families by kennyman2000(m): 10:40pm On Aug 03, 2015

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