One thing we do know that Hackers are very successful in hacking overall. We don’t really know how they do it? But the headlines say it all: “Yahoo says 500 Million Accounts Stolen“
If you study the image above (a bubble representation of all hacked entities) from the website www.informationisbeautiful.net
You see Yahoo actually with 320 million and River City Media with 1.37 Billion hacked accounts. Each bubble has a story, with a breach and people affected by the hackers attacking some aspect of the information technology defense.
So how easy is it for hackers to attack ? Is it a recipe? Do you perform a few functions and then steal the data?
I have blogged this methodology for 3 years now, and it is interesting that in 3 years plus with various explanations the methods of hackers has not changed too much.
(image from previous post)
We can summarize and say the hackers review the job (attack) and try to find an opening to perform their objectives:
- Political reasons
- The fun of it (young hackers)
- National goals
After they review the attacks by looking at your defenses they are now ready to probe your specific defense with specific attacks.
In my mind the #1 reason for hackers to attack is money and the Darknet tells the story, the Darknet is where the criminal hackers trying to make money sell their gains.
If you ask me the credit card problems we have gotten due to the new normal of these “hacking events” is annoying but not life changing for the most part.
What would be LIFE changing is the hacking and stealing data (information) of health records. Now the hackers could really mess with other aspects of our lives which we are not used to modifications.
How exactly would a “screwed up” health record look? The next time your doctor looks at health records are they doctored? Or not?
Every day there is a new day and the hackers are looking for new ways to make money including using the massive amount of health data already stolen.
This means we need to be wary of our information usage and review all manners of defenses everywhere.
Test, test, test your defense should be the mantra. Because the hackers are probing and attacking all the time. It is a classic red vs blue issue.
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