If you’ve ever wondered what ‘social engineering’ means it can be summed up in one word: manipulation. It’s the art of hacking into the human psyche and getting people to do something you want them to do but they wouldn’t want to do if they knew what you were up to. Got that?
But think of it in terms of the population of the US which is just over 300 million, or five times the total number of people in the UK, and you get a better sense of how insanely popular these funky, snazzy smart phones are.
4.6 million Snapchat users were hacked this month, were you one of them? Usernames and phone numbers were stolen and if that weren’t bad enough, the data was also posted online on a site called SnapchatDB.info, which has since been taken down. While the last digits of each phone number were censored, and the site is no longer online, it has been reported that a cached version can still be accessed.
As we move into 2014, the tail end of 2013 has certainly been a busy period for hackers. Perhaps the Target hack, in which 40 million credit/debit card details were stolen, will go down as one of the largest and most damaging of 2013. But a raft of smaller attacks which followed Target illustrated just how every day hacking is.
Is Bitcoin set to become the currency of choice for cyber criminals? It certainly looks that way. Bitcoin is an untraceable virtual currency that’s ideal for cyber criminals. It’s not backed by any central bank and can be transferred between any two people anywhere.