The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has issued a warning on how to protect against commercial surveillance tools.
According to the NCSC, people profit from these tools by selling them to “governments and other entities,” who then use them to exploit their victims. Many people around the world have been targeted by these surveillance tools, and cybercriminals have managed to gain access to almost anyone who is not careful enough.
If someone manages to infect a device with these types of monitoring tools, they can potentially take complete control of the device. This means they can record your audio conversations and phone calls, track your location, and even access all of your device’s content from anywhere in the world.
Companies and individuals sell commercial surveillance tools to governments and other entities that have used them for malicious purposes.
Journalists, dissidents and others around the world have been targeted and tracked using these tools, which allow malicious actors to infect mobile and internet-connected devices with malware over connections from Wi-Fi and cellular data.
In some cases, malicious actors can infect a targeted device without the device owner taking any action. In others, they can use an infected link to gain access to a device.
National Cybersecurity Center
The worst part of all of this is that these monitoring tools are extremely easy to deploy. According to the NCSC, in some cases, a hacker can gain access to a victim’s device simply by tricking the user into clicking on a seemingly harmless link.
Luckily, the NCSC also gives us a pretty solid list of tips you can use to avoid getting hacked, or at least make it a lot harder for attackers. Read on for 10 simple things you can start practicing right now.