Republic of the Philippines
National Police Commission
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE
Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City
ACG-CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN NR 205: UNDERSTANDING THE RISK OF CLOUD JACKING
Reference Number ACG-CSB 041221205
The following information was obtained from different cyber security sources for notification to all parties concerned pursuant to the mandate of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG) and classified as “Restricted” pursuant to the PNP Regulation 200-012 on Document Security and Impact Rating as high based on PNP Information Communication Technology (ICT) Security Manual s.2010-01 p. 22 and p.129.
Cyberstalking is stalking or harassment carried out over the internet. It might target individuals, groups, or even organizations and can take different forms including slander, defamation and threats. Motives may be to control or intimidate the victim or to gather information for use in other crimes, like identity theft or offline stalking.
While blame should not be placed on cyberstalking victims, the current online landscape lends itself to creating “easy targets.” For example, nowadays, many social media users think nothing of publicly posting personal information, sharing their feelings and desires, publishing family photos and more.
Cases of cyberstalking can often begin as seemingly harmless interactions. Sometimes, especially at the beginning, a few strange or perhaps unpleasant messages may even amuse you. However, if they become systematic, it becomes annoying and even frightening.
Cyberstalking does not have to involve direct communication, and some victims may not even realize they are being stalked online. Perpetrators can monitor victims through various methods and use the information gathered for crimes like identity theft. In some cases, the line between cyberspace and real life can become blurred. Attackers can collect your personal data, contact your friends and attempt to harass you offline.
All PNP personnel as well as the public are advised to follow the tips in order to avoid the risk of CYBERSTALKING:
- Limit Personal Information Online: Limit how much personal information you share on social media and in your emails.
- Reset Your Passwords: If you have a troubling incident with someone close to you, consider resetting all social media and email passwords to something they would not know or be able to guess.
- Check Your Privacy Settings: Privacy settings on social media sites like Facebook change regularly. Check to make sure the current settings are right for you.
- Hide your IP Address: your IP address is linked to the internet bill that is sent to your home and which you pay with your credit card. Cyberstalkers can begin with your IP address and use it to find your credit card data and physical address.
- Avoid Disclosing Sensitive Information: many people constantly share personal information about themselves, even outside of social media platforms. By filling out questionnaires or submitting applications for coupons, you are increasing the likelihood of someone getting their hand on your personal data and possibly making cyberstalking more accessible.
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