PALO ALTO — President Obama threw down a gauntlet here to rally corporations, Congress, and the federal government to address cyber attacks in a selfless way, ThirdCertainty.com reported.
The president signed a milestone executive order Friday urging companies to dramatically advance the sharing of cyber attack intelligence with each other and the federal government.
“This has to be a shared mission,” Obama declared. “The only way to defend America is through government and industry working together, sharing appropriate information as true partners.”
The presidential order is advisory. It is the latest component of the White House’s push to better protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, while also preserving personal privacy.
But the problem has become much bigger than just protecting strategic and military targets….
Identity theft has always been a problem, but issues like data breaches and a lack of online privacy have brought identity theft concerns to the top of people’s minds. It’s a pretty broad crime, encompassing several things a person can do if they get access to your PII, or personally identifiable information.
One of the worst things that can happen in a privacy breach is exposure of Social Security numbers. They’re wrapped up in most aspects of Americans’ lives — employment, medical histories, taxes, education, bank accounts and so on. The consequences of having your Social Security number end up in someone else’s hands aren’t pretty — most of them are downright terrifying. (more…)
The other day a reporter asked me who’s to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, “the government and the bad guys,” but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. “We’re all to blame,” I said.
I believe that breaches, and the identity theft that flows from them, have become the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. While it may seem like hyperbole, more than 1 billion consumer records containing some form of personally identifying information (PII) have been exposed to hackers, identity thieves and spies (forget, for the moment, the NSA) over the past 10 years.
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, online dating services are flourishing. A recent study by IBM Security shows the mobile app versions are rife with security flaws.
In an analysis of 41 popular dating apps available on Google Play, more than half—63 percent—had medium- to high-severity security vulnerabilities, the study shows.
Mobile apps are often free or low-cost. However, they typically seek permission to access key components of the device hardware, as well as tap deeply into user data stored on the device. This sets up a perfect scenario for hackers. (more…)
While cybercriminals regularly go after computers and mobile devices, there are some unexpected targets that could make hacking incidents even more dangerous.
Here are three frightening things cybercriminals can hack:
Although drivers may not think their vehicle is as much of a target for cybercriminals as their electronics, there is the risk that hackers could infiltrate consumers' cars. There is a larger number of electric components in modern day cars that essentially make them giant computers, CNNMoney reported. From Wi-Fi connections to Bluetooth abilities, a car has plenty of entry points that could allow cybercriminals access to their cars and possibly modify its controls.
Since Internet-enabled features could potentially give cybercriminals a way to hack vehicles, lawmakers are calling for more data security protections in cars. Through requiring manufacturers to include security measures with their built-in wireless technology, it could help consumers defend against hackers who aim to…