Thursday, 17 September 2015

Security Threats of E-commerce

Most Common Security Threats of E-commerce

v  Deceptive online attempt to obtain confidential information
v  Social engineering, e-mail scams, spoofing legitimate Web sites
v  Use information to commit fraudulent acts (access checking accounts), steal identity
Hacking and cybervandalism
v  Hackers vs. crackers
v  Cybervandalism: intentionally disrupting, defacing, destroying Web site
v  Types of hackers: white hats, black hats, grey hats

v  Original hackers created the Unix operating system and helped build the Internet, Usenet, and World Wide Web; and, used their skills to test the strength and integrity of computer systems
v  Over time, the term hacker came to be applied to rogue programmers who illegally break into computers and networks
v  Hacker underground

 Credit card fraud/theft
v  Fear of stolen credit card information deters online purchases
v  Hackers target merchant servers; use data to establish credit under false identity
v  Online companies at higher risk than offline
v  Hannaford hack 

                     misrepresenting self by using fake e-mail address or other form of identification 
                     spoofing a Web site
v  Redirecting a Web link to a new, fake Web site
              Web sites
Denial of service (DoS) attack
v  Hackers flood site with useless traffic to overwhelm network
 Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack
v  Hackers use multiple computers to attack target network
v  Eavesdropping program that monitors information traveling over a network
           Insider jobs
v  Single largest financial threat
Poorly designed server and client software

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