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Rising ID theft in the UK serves as reminder to protect information assets

Sophos : 28 May, 2008  (Technical Article)
Sophos warns of the need for vigilant on-line security after Experian report shows substantial increase in ID theft during last year
IT security and control firm Sophos is warning all computer users around the country about the risks of identity theft following a report from Experian that revealed incidences of ID theft rose by 66 percent last year, with most victims living in London.

Sophos experts note that cybercriminals looking to steal information for financial gain will take whatever they can get their hands on, and that users everywhere should ensure their identities are protected online and that their computer security is up to date. This includes ensuring no personal information is posted on social networking sites, software is patched and up to date, and PCs are running effective anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-malware solutions.

'While young professionals living in Kensington are likely to be attractive targets for cybercriminals, the reality is that computers from Lands End to John o'Groats are at risk - hackers will steal identities from anyone who leaves their personal information open to snooping crooks' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. 'What's more, fraudsters are increasingly turning to corporate ID theft - the rewards can be much greater and often the effort is the same. Home workers using their own PCs are often the weakest link in corporate defences, so businesses and consumers alike mustn't get complacent and must ensure all vectors of attack are protected, including ensuring remote workers' PCs meet company security settings.'

Sophos recommends that all computer users ensure their computer security is up to date and that they are fully protected against the latest spam, email and web threats.
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