This year the Grinch can be successful in ruining your festive mood by creeping into your house and stealing away the Christmas. You close the windows and doors of your house, only to find out that the evil Grinch has sneaked in through the chimney. There is nothing substantial you can do in this struggle to secure your happiness when you know the Grinch is all set to devastate your happy, little world. The same can be said about the proverbial Grinchs in the technological world. Their skills are unmatched when it comes to destroying your faith in the anti-spy and anti-virus software you have installed in your devices as a protection against their tactics. The tech Grinchs would appear in the form of hackers who are waiting for their chance to stealthily attack your device and steal your precious data. Their tools are sharp and target precise – with strong malware and other techniques they look for glitches in your network and strike with full force.
The Grinch does not discriminate while choosing his victims. You can be a corporate professional, a small business owner or work from home – age, gender and profession are no bar. It is equally interested in your personal data, as in your professional. He may require some extra skills and help of his chums to penetrate the network at your office. However, he is quite adequate with all the techniques to breach your personal data – manually accessing it by stealing your device or maneuvering his way through various bugs and malware. There are different ways through which the data breached can be used or misused. A random intruder would be interested in fiddling through your data, while the one with a plan would extract for some specific purpose – like the law enforcement authorities require data to trace criminals and maintain law and order.
The year 2012 has been quite busy and lucrative for the Grinch, as he has been successful in acquiring data of more than 800 unfortunates. With 48% personal data being breached by the tech Grinchs, people should be careful with their personal devices, as their credit card and back account numbers are quite vulnerable. And those companies and professionals belonging to hotel and food industry are at the highest risk of data breach because of profound people to people interaction. For more details and statistics about data breach in 2012, follow the pictorial representation.