Data hacking is big business for hackers and thieves. Otherwise it would be less prevalent. And let’s face it … the NSA was hacked so, in spite of their superior technology, even they are vulnerable.
Hackers and criminals appear to be winning. Security Boulevard lists the following major hacks during 2017.
- WannaCry, a massive ransomware attack that affected millions of computers around the world.
- Petya/NotPetya/GoldenEye, a sophisticated ransomware campaign that leveraged the EternalBlue exploit used by WannaCry, targeting data destruction.
- The NSA was breached by hacker group The Shadow Brokers, leaking 100GB of confidential information and hacking tools.
- WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak, exposing top secret documentation and user guides for hacking tools used by the CIA.
- 198 million US voter records kept on an unsecured Amazon server were mistakenly leaked by Republican data analytics firm Deep Root Analytics.
- Due to a vulnerability, Cloudflare unwittingly leaked customer data from Uber, OKCupid and 1Password.
- Equifax hack that leaked personal information of 143 million clients, mostly from the US, but also the UK and Canada.
- Uber hid a data breach that affected personal information of 57 million users.
- Bell Canada was threatened by hackers with the leak of 1.9 million customer records. When the company refused to pay, some of the information was published online.
- Other hacks include universities and organizations affiliated with the US government, Deloitte and Virgin America.
WHAT IS DATA PRIVACY DAY?
It’s an international effort supporting data privacy and protection. Link is here. I note with some humor that several of the privacy sponsors have blatantly violated their own customer’s privacy and sold information to spammers, data mining companies, the government, and other businesses, but let’s ignore the hypocrisy.
Keep Your IRS Tax Data Safe From Attack. Here is an image from LifeLock.
An image from LifeLock.
Common Scams Used by Cybercriminals and Identity Thieves:
Here’s the list of online scams to stay away from:
Phishing email scams
The Nigerian scam
Greeting card scams
A guaranteed bank loan or credit card scam
Fake antivirus software
Facebook impersonation scam (hijacked profile scam)
Make money fast scams (Economic scams)
Fake news scam
Stock market scams
Job offer scams
SMS Scams (Smishing)
Tips to Safeguard Your Data from Cybercriminals and Thieves – not including Google, Amazon, Facebook and the NSA.
Here are five tips that will help safeguard your data. We’re on our own preserving privacy with Google, Amazon, Facebook, NSA and others.
Suggestions that may be helpful:
Preserve your privacy, safeguard your online IRS tax data, and realize that online privacy invasions are more intrusive and comprehensive than most of us realize.
The Deviant Investor