Identity theft on the Internet is a cause of concern for gullible Internet surfers. With sophisticated software and even more sophisticated hackers, identity theft is now more pronounced. Cyber terrorism has emerged as a major threat in the free and open architecture of the Internet. Very few organizations have complete understanding of how networks work. Security product manufacturers for the Internet might not have the technical knowledge of how networks work. These impediments create the right breeding ground for Internet hackers, who expose the loopholes in the security mechanisms of the Internet.
More than three-fourth of identity thefts over the Internet happened due to phishing. Phishing is attracting an Internet user to reveal personal information. The most common modus operandi is to create fake websites that look like original ones. These pretentious websites attract gullible Internet users who innocently give out their personal information to the merciless hacker.
For example, a site might ask the user to connect to his/her Gmail account. The user connects to their mail account through this website. But by doing this a very important piece of information is given away. The account’s password. Like this there are numerous instances where gullible users gave out their credit card numbers and even their bank account numbers and passwords.
Phishing is often prevalent in chat rooms. People pretending to be marketers elicit personal information from others in a chat room. But now realization has dawned that chat rooms are just a waste of time. Because half the people in it are for short-term thrills of porn and sex chats. Search engines have a major part to play to control phishing.