Security, like charity, should begin at home

A UK-based hacker’s theft of 7.4m worth of virtual poker chips from gaming firm Zynga shows that cyber criminals are getting more creative and bolder with their attacks, says security firm G Data.

Online credit card fraud has taught consumers to take extra precautions with when submitting credit card details online, but, says James Coombes, UK channel sales manager for G Data, this obviously does not mean that everyone else is safe.

The Zynga theft, he says, show that if there is money online, be it in any shape or form, it can and will be a target for potential crimes.

“This is another prime example of a reputable site not investing enough into their own security, which in turn puts all their customers at risk,” he says.

Despite the brand damage this could cause, many UK organisations are still failing to take the necessary precautions.

Take the Lush cosmetics company for example. The Lush retail website was hacked and  customers credit card details stolen.

Given that eCommerce sites are not all doing all they can to protect their customers, albeit difficult to understand, users need to take on the responsibilty to ensure that they are doing all they can to avoid becoming a victim of an online crime.

“Simple steps such as installing the AV [anti-virus] software correctly should be taken, and choosing an AV solution that is appropriate to their particular online needs, rather than selecting the first box they see as this could turn out to be completely useless,”
says Coombes.

He is not alone in the security community in taking this stance. A good security strategy, then, to paraphrase JFK, would be to ask not what third party application and online service providers are doing to protect their customers, ask what you as customers [consumer and corporate] are doing to protect was is most important to you.