The Big Hack Attack

I felt a little nervous awhile back when my credit card account information was compromised by a data breach at one of the stores where I like to shop. But, since the credit card company immediately took security measures to protect me; I breathed a sigh of relief and put it out of my mind.

Until today.

That’s when I found out that Anonymous, the hacker group that has been implicated in a number of denial of service attacks on prominent government and corporate websites, has now warned NATO to back off.

Yes, that’s right. Anonymous warned the world’s most powerful military alliance–guys who can dial-a-nuke anytime day or night–not to try to shut them down.
 

The hackers were responding to NATO’s warning that Anonymous could potentially hack into sensitive government, military, and corporate files.

Now, add in the fact that Citibank today reported that hackers stole account and contact information for 210,000 of their customers, and an already bad situation gets even worse.
ABC News wrote a very comprehensive article about this topic which has a number of suggestions for how you can make yourself less vulnerable to cyberattack.The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, has some tips specifically for Citigroup customers.
 
So, if even banks and governments–which should arguably have some of the best security on the planet–are vulnerable; how can the rest of us feel safe?

That’s one reason why the Obama administration is trying to get Congress to pass a new federal data breach notification proposal. They say it will give organizations an incentive to have better data security.

For more information on this topic, check out the following links:

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