5. Control tools and weapons

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A simple example for this crime prevention technique is to limit the sale of spray paint cans to children who may be tempted leave their mark through graffiti and tagging. In the digital environment, tools and weapons for cybercriminals to use come in different forms from malware and hacking kits to website cloning techniques or scam calling scripts proven to convert unsuspecting recipients.

Our analysis shows the following techniques will help protect you online:

5.1 Limit sharing of attacker modus operandi (MO)


5.2 Disable Autorun/AutoPlay

Autorun is a built in Windows operating system function that simplifies how your computer handles media that you plug in via USB or when you insert a disc if you still have a CD drive.

It is traditionally abused by attackers who leave malicious USB drives for people to plugin into their computers. Insert a dropped USB you find with the intention to identify an owner and return it and you could infect your computer if you haven’t protected it via other measures.

The safest choice is to disable AutoPlay by:

5.3 Disable USB

5.4 Undertake security awareness training on common threats and attacks

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