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An Ethical Guide to Cyber Anonymity

By : Kushantha Gunawardana
Book Image

An Ethical Guide to Cyber Anonymity

By: Kushantha Gunawardana

Overview of this book

As the world becomes more connected through the web, new data collection innovations have opened up more ways to compromise privacy. Your actions on the web are being tracked, information is being stored, and your identity could be stolen. However, there are ways to use the web without risking your privacy. This book will take you on a journey to become invisible and anonymous while using the web. You will start the book by understanding what anonymity is and why it is important. After understanding the objective of cyber anonymity, you will learn to maintain anonymity and perform tasks without disclosing your information. Then, you’ll learn how to configure tools and understand the architectural components of cybereconomy. Finally, you will learn to be safe during intentional and unintentional internet access by taking relevant precautions. By the end of this book, you will be able to work with the internet and internet-connected devices safely by maintaining cyber anonymity.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: The Basics of Privacy and Cyber Anonymity
Part 2: Methods and Artifacts That Attackers and Competitors Can Collect from You
Part 3: Concepts and Maintaining Cyber Anonymity

Phishing sites

Phishing is another technique that attackers commonly employ to compromise sensitive information. Phishing is a process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Phishing can be used as an open attack or targeting attack. When a targeted attack is conducted on an organization or a user, then the attack is known as spear phishing. We have discussed various ways that attackers use phishing techniques and tools in the Social engineering section of Chapter 4, Techniques that Attackers Use to Compromise Privacy. The first-ever known phishing attack was reported in 1996, but a paper published in 1987 by the HP user group described a phishing technique 10 years before the real attack took place. Interestingly, in over 90% of successful data breaches, phishing is involved in some way according to the well-known security research company, KnowBe4. Phishing has over three and a half decades of history and has been constantly evolving...