When you spend most of your time digging into cyber security, testing systems for weak points, chasing down identity theft, charting increasingly sophisticated attacks and understanding at a deep level just how vulnerable people are to online threats, it’s almost inevitable that a little paranoia creeps in.
Just as AOL announced that the once-popular music service Winamp will be shutting down on December 20, 2013, cybercriminals have started to exploit its users’ sense of nostalgia.
An email is in circulation allegedly written on behalf of the Winamp Team. It cleverly uses the same language as that used in the original announcement on the Winamp site, informing users about the closure.
A spate of recent hacks has exposed millions of passwords and email addresses. One organisation has even gone so far as to tell its members that at some point their cyber defences will be breached. The hacks also expose some serious passwords blunders and reveal that many people still don’t understand the need for strong passwords.
There’s been a fair amount of criticism around Facebook’s Graph Search Feature. The majority of the claims have been around the transparency it offers anyone who wants to interact with or look into your network.
Recently an American Pediatric Hospital fell victim to a massive data breach. The personal information of over 1.5 million people was leaked, including names, dates of birth, financial and medical records.