One in Four Cyber Criminals Turn In Their Friends

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lee Munson


They Say That 25% Of Cyber Criminals Tell On Their Friends When Arrested. Is That Enough To Ensure Cyber Security?

You can never trust a room full of vultures. The first thing that you learn when you start to operate on the wrong side of the law is that you have to worry about whether you can trust your so called friends or not.

Even if you have known the people for a long time, no one wants to go to jail, so you always have to worry about someone turning you in. Most people would rather end your friendship than spend a couple of years in jail.

When you are living in a high infested crime area then these are facts that you already know. You know that there are very few people that you can trust when you are on the wrong side of the law so you act accordingly.

If you are someone who is not used to being around that sort of lifestyle then it might be hard to imagine that a big portion of people are like that. You have probably grown up with your friends being pretty reliable because you have never been around them when something as real as jail is being handed to them.

When something as serious as jail is the topic of conversation then you can really start to tell who your friends are.

And that is what black hat hackers all around the world are starting to find out. There was a report released recently that said that almost 25% of black hat hackers turn on their friends when they are caught.

This turning in friends leads to more black hat hackers being caught and more people ratting out people who they work with. News like this is great for the police who try to go after these bad guys.

The one thing that we have learned in the past few years is that when it comes to the internet the bad guys are light years ahead of the good guys when it comes to technology.

Since that is the case, the good guys need any advantage that they can get to be able to compete. And being able to turn a black hat hacker on their friends when they are caught is one big advantage.

If you are a black hat hacker then this is not good news for you. You are already probably an individual who is on their own a lot of the time so you probably do not have that many friends to begin with.

We know that this is a general stereotype and not all black hat hackers are like this but in a lot of cases it tends to be true. A lot of the black hat hackers out there are loners.

So if you know that a lot of the people out there who you might consider allies are actually people who might tell on you when things get rough, then who can you actually trust?

You are not going to find much sympathy by most people since you are out there doing something illegal. So you must be just like the rest of the criminal world and prepare to live your life by trusting very few people and always be aware that anyone can turn on you.

While a stat like this might help law enforcement, it really does not help the people who are victims of cyber illegal activities. Most of the time it is not going to lead to you getting your money or items back and there is still a 3 in 4 chance that the person caught is not the one who attacked you.

The percentage so far is 25% so that means that there are still a lot of people who are going to get away with the crimes that they are committing. That is why you as the computer user must make sure that you do not sit still while you know the internet can be dangerous.

This is why you must make sure that your computer is protected from any attack that you can face. If you do not then you can be the one that ends up in that 75% section of the pie chart of attackers who do not get ratted on by their friends.

If you want to avoid this happening to you then being smart about what web sites you visit and having the proper internet security program on your computer is a good way to start.

If you are on the wrong side of the law when it comes to computer crimes then you must really think about who you are going to trust.

You might not be used to a criminal lifestyle but if you are going to live life on the wrong side of the law on the computer then you should get used to it quickly.

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Peter Noone When did they take a census of the number of hackers ... um, anywhere? So, we are supposed to believe that anyone knows this number, and can say that 25% of this population is composed of secret informant moles? That would mean they're not very secret, are they, if anyone knows how many there are. Wonderful example of lying with statistics to spread FUD.
Lee Munson I got that statistic from a report I read recently and I wish I could remember where. Said report also suggested that up to 1 in 3 hackers are FBI informants which even I struggle to believe.
cliff sull 92% of Statistics are Made up ;)
Lee Munson I knew I could trust Cliff to weigh in with something positive :D
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