Botnets infect multiple computers and are controlled remotely by cybercriminals for financial gain or to launch attacks on others. Warning signs include your device or browser becoming unresponsive, being redirected to undesired web pages, or bombarded with pop-up messages.
Some signs of potentially hacked phones include sudden/frequent rebooting, running out of power, switching itself off, or noises or echoes during a call, especially if these begin after receiving a text / image message, logging into a public Wi-Fi, or downloading a new app.
Ransomware is a type of harmful software cybercriminals use to encrypt or block access to your data or systems. They then hold your data hostage until a demanded ransom is paid (often via cryptocurrency such as bitcoin).
Some warning signs of potentially hacked devices include new icons you don’t recognize, toolbar changes, camera activation, or frequent internet connection dropping, especially if these begin after you have clicked on an email or website link that you suspect may have included a virus.
This involves an email account being hacked by someone with the intent of gaining access to your messages, contacts, personal information, or other accounts.
This involves someone gaining access to your messages, contacts, personal information, or even trying to steal your identity on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter.
Hackers send you an email or message disguised as a trusted person or company asking you to click a link or share your sensitive information. If the link is clicked, scammers can install malicious software on your computer and gain access to your data and accounts.
Hackers use spoofing to change the caller ID you see on your phone to a number you may trust, like a bank or a government agency, and the scammers pose as representatives to obtain your personal information.
With the increased popularity of video conferencing for work, school, and social life comes increased security issues. If your video conference is hacked (meeting bombing), you may experience uninvited guests disrupting your video conference with threatening language, pornography, and/or hate images. This behavior may violate state and federal criminal law and is worth reporting.