The world’s most popular network security service is warning its users that the internet is increasingly becoming a place where anyone can bully others online.
“Internet bullying has become a widespread and pervasive problem,” said the network security company NCC, which is part of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC).
“We are constantly seeing reports of cyberbullying online, and we would urge anyone who has experienced it to report it.”
Internet bullying is the act of deliberately or maliciously spreading false or defamatory information or messages, often aimed at someone perceived to be vulnerable or in need of help.
It is often used to bully others for money or to create the impression that they have been abused.
NCC says its online tools and services are designed to help people avoid the problem.
The company says it has seen a rise in the number of cyber-attacks on social media sites and sites where it sells products.
In 2016, the company saw the most number of reported cyber-attackers, but in 2017, the number jumped to more than 100.
Internet service providers (ISPs) have also been targeted in recent years, with the most recent cyber-threat being the Stuxnet virus which targeted Iran’s nuclear programme.
While cyber-bullyings have been increasing in recent months, NCC says it is only just now starting to see an increase in the rate of cyberattacks.
ITIC’s CEO, Matthew Daley, said cyber-cyberbullying was becoming more prevalent as the internet grew more complex.
He said people were not always aware of the potential dangers and he urged people to be aware of what they could do to protect themselves.
But he also warned people not to take things too seriously.
We are often told that we have to take our security seriously, he said.
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