The cyberattacks we generally hear about in the media are all about the money or getting sensitive information. When in the attack is for financial gain, stories like Equifax come to mind. On a smaller scale are the scams and phishing attacks that try to get individuals to give away their information. Examples like WikiLeaks and hacks of US government databases are about getting embarrassing information or collecting secrets.
A recent article asked this question in a survey and came away with an unsettling discovery, most people simply do not care enough to take measures to protect themselves, their identity, and their data when online or using their cellular devices. Or they think it will not happen to them.
2017 demonstrated what can happen when big data companies and organizations suffer hacks. Equifax, Uber, and Yahoo grabbed the headlines, but attacks also revealed information about millions of American government employees, military personnel, and voter records. FedEx, Verizon, and Netflix also suffered from attacks on their systems.
Software powers our modern world. It makes many things so much easier. Still, as programs become more complex to add enhanced features, the inevitable flaw or “exploit” in security terms is bound to be introduced. An exploit isn’t something that prevents the software from doing the job it is designed to do. Rather, it is an avenue into the software that hackers discover.
When it comes to our personal information, a common feeling is that, “No one is interested in me and my information.” Of course we know that does not apply to financial information but a recent article in The Register spells out exactly how much our information is worth to those with bad intents towards using it.