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As heart-wrenching images of devastation and despair from New Orleans and others parts of the Gulf Coast of the U.S. continue to rivet Americans from coast to coast, computer security experts are warning that scammers have already devised elaborate phishing attacks and other online scams meant to target the outpouring of response to hurricane Katrina. Computer security firm Sophos also warned of an e-mail circulating with news stories inside about the disaster.
I makes me sick knowing that people are capitalizing on other peoples misfortunes. Stricter laws must be put in place or else this is going to get out of hand. Organized crime has created a business model around hacking. Services like Anonymizer help protect me from malicious phishing and pharming attacks as well as other malware tools. I like Anonymizer because it is a neat little program that hides my IP address when I'm surfing the Internet. This means nobody can tell what IP address my Web connection originates from. It also creates an encrypted link to the Internet using 128-bit SSL technology. Of course not foolishly giving out your personal information blindly is the first major step in self protection. Until a hacker creates an attack with artificial intelligence, I think this is the best way I can protect myself ... barring abstinence from the Internet.