cybercrime

4 Smart Steps to Stymie the Scammers and Snoopers

It's easier than ever for con artists to swipe your sensitive financial information -- and then use it to decide if you're a good target for a scam. But the war isn't lost: Consider these easy strategies to protect yourself.

Online Buyer Beware: Cyber-Fraud Is Getting Slicker

A growing number of Americans are shopping online for the holidays -- leaving themselves vulnerable to increasingly sophisticated web fraud. The Justice Department busted 82 websites allegedly selling counterfeit and pirated goods on Cyber Monday, but more criminals are still out there.

U.S., U.K. Authorities Go After Alleged Cybercrime Operation

Authorities in the U.S. and U.K. charged or arrested more than 100 people in relation to an alleged multi-million dollar cyber scam to steal bank account information and pilfer people%u2019s money. Between May 2009 and last month, at least $3 million was taken from U.S. accounts, U.S prosecutors said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Do You Know Who Your Children Are Online?

Social networking site Formspring.me is wildly popular among teenagers and young adults lured by its freewheeling style, where people can ask anyone anything, anonymously. But as one teacher puts it, when it comes to young people: "Anonymity nearly always breeds irresponsibility."