What is Cyber Kidnapping? Know How Scammers Take Advantage of People’s Weaknesses

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What is Cyber Kidnapping

What is Cyber Kidnapping? Know How Scammers Take Advantage of People’s Weaknesses

Cyber kidnapping has become a headache for all over the world. If we talk about recent months, a worrying increase has been seen.  Cybercriminals equipped with modern tools have become a major challenge for law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

What is Cyber Kidnapping?

Various forms of cybercrime have become widespread threats, including sextortion, investment scams, credit card fraud, illegal digital loan calls, mistaken identity, pig slaughter fraud, and job scams. At the same time, cyber kidnapping is also emerging as a cause for concern.

As the digital landscape evolves, so do the strategies adopted by cybercriminals. This leads to an increase in virtual kidnappings that take advantage of vulnerabilities in online security.

Criminals often employ tactics such as phishing, ransomware attacks, and social engineering to exploit unsuspecting people and organizations.

Cyber kidnapping, also known as virtual kidnapping or e-kidnapping, is different from kidnapping in that cybercriminals obtain money from kidnapping victims or access addresses, family details, or workplace information through various means.

After getting the information, the criminals create fear among the victims by claiming to have kidnapped a family member and then also issuing threats.  A ransom is demanded in exchange for the safety of the alleged victim.

Cyber security experts say the consequences of cyber kidnapping can be serious emotionally and financially.  Cybersecurity experts and law enforcement agencies have observed a significant increase in these incidents.

The Victim Suffers Harm Due To Fear

According to experts, victims may suffer from anxiety and fear for the safety of their loved ones. The financial loss can also be substantial, in fact, some people, fearing for the safety of their families, succumb to extortion demands and even pay the demanded ransom.

Experts stress the importance of enhancing cyber security measures including multi-factor authentication, strong password management, and regular software updates to deal with the growing threat of cyber kidnapping.

About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer who specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.

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