Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the modern day internet, has disclosed how he was tricked by a fraudulent website when he went online to purchase a Christmas present, according to the reports from The Telegraph.
Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web 20 years ago while working with the CERN Laboratory, notified that he visited a website to purchase a Christmas gift that turned out to be fraudulent.
“The worst thing that has happened to me was when I tried to buy a Christmas present from a company that looked like a bona fide company on the internet and then actually they were a completely fake company” he said.
He further went on to say that internet service providers (ISPs) are required to take effective measures to curb online frauds, so as to make the internet a safer place for the users.
Along the same line, he called upon the authorities to deal with internet-based crime as they handle the conventional crime, and asserted the needs of steps to safeguard the web users from malicious content circulating over the internet.
Cybercrime is soaring at a rapid pace with around one quarter of web users in UK have once fallen victim to internet phishing scams that try to steal users’ data, whereas one in every six users have faced some kind of online fraud.
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Cybercrime hits millions every year but it is mildly amusing to find out that Berners-Lee is like us, a mere mortal. Which is why he is asking for more stringent measures from ISPs. If a geek like TBL can fall then what about the million of other novices.