There is a silent war in America and I fear it has been going on for some time. Cyber Attacks are certainly in our vocabulary now, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is taking the Hacking of America” serious. Corporations, Government, and personal information are all being stolen and lives threatened. While Sony may have made some mistakes, they are vulnerable like all of us. I don’t understand why the US government isn’t working with Sony and helping them make strategic decisions, rather than ridicule them. It seems to me the threats we are receiving is clearly a national problem and not just that of Sony corporation.
Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans – roughly half of the nation’s adults – in the last 12 months alone. Even more mind-boggling is the amount of hacked accounts which is up to 432 million.
The records typically stolen includes personal information, such as your name, debit or credit card, email, phone number, birthday, password, security questions and physical address. But not always all that much information.
Cyberattacks are so frequent and numerous that company’s like Unisys say “we’re now experiencing “data-breach fatigue.” Here is some staggering data from the most recent cyber attacks (read’em and weep:
- 70 million Target customers‘ personal information, plus 40 million credit and debit cards
- 33 million Adobe user credentials, plus 3.2 million stolen credit and debit cards
- 4.6 million Snapchat users’ account data
- 3 million payment cards used at Michaels
- 1.1 million cards from Neiman Marcus
- “A significant number” of AOL’s 120 million account holders
- Potentially all of eBay’s 148 million customers’ credentials
- Sony Hack – Confidential information leaked to the public. The hackers posted five Sony movies (four unreleased) to file-sharing networks. And they also leaked thousands of confidential documents — everything from private correspondence among Sony executives to salary and performance data about Sony employees.
When will it stop?
70 million credit cards and other customer data was “compromised” at Target this past January. That’s an incredible amount of data. But Target was not the only one in 2013. Some of the bigger hacks in 2013 included LivingSocial, Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts, Evernote, Drupal.org, and one of the internal websites of the Federal Reserve.
The US government and companies should be working together in order to thwart these attacks. I don’t want anyone controlling the cloud but we’re going to have to compromise a little, or be compromised. Living in the cloud has its disadvantages. We truly do not know where everything lives anymore.
Live Map Shows Thousands Of Cyber Attacks As They Happen
The whole map would be covered if it were to show every attack, so a random sample is all that’s shown.
Norse is able to come up with this data by placing more than eight million bait computers, or what they call “honeypots,” in 167 different data centers and 47 different countries where they’re attacked by hackers who think the bait machines hold credit card numbers or other sensitive information.