DIY Cybercrime Kits could be causing more computer problems - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/21/10

DIY Cybercrime Kits could be causing more computer problems

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A rise in the number of people with computer problems could be due to a new tool that helps would-be cyber-crooks steal your information. Do-It-yourself cybercrime kits have gained popularity on the Internet, and one local computer repairman says they could be behind an increase in his business.

"Probably in the past six to eight months, there's been a lot more of the viruses come in, but they're not just viruses. They're spy ware. That's what a lot of it is nowadays," Bill Younts, owner of Lubbock Computers said.

He says hackers can catch people off-guard in many ways from fake emails to fake pop-ups. "They're the Trojans where they look like a real program, but they're not. They're all deceiving, trying to get that credit card number," Younts said.

Now, with do-it-yourself cybercrime kits on the Internet, hacking has become more accessible. "There's so many people creating these web pages, and no body is out there policing them, trying to keep them under control," Younts said.

To protect yourself, Younts recommends that you update your operating system, update anitvirus and antispyware programs daily, manually run scans at least once a week, and update Java and Flash Player.

He suggest folks avoid peer-to-peer sharing programs, because people can disguise viruses as a music file or other file you may want to download. He also says people need to avoid suspicious emails. If it's something you think is real, go directly to the web site yourself, don't click on a link.

He also tells folks if you have an anti virus program on your computer it's good, but it's not enough. "You've got to have a second program as an antispyware program. Anything you can add to it is better. The programs are cheap, about $40.00 to add to it. It's a lot cheaper than bringing it in for service," Younts said.

What may surprise you, cybercrime kits are actually legal to sell. It's what people do with them that could be illegal.

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