February 28, 2014

When love makes you vulnerable

Just as the Pew Research Center released a survey showing Americans would give up TV before they would give up the Internet.

53 percent of US Internet users would find it "very hard" to give up Web access, up from 38 percent in 2006….
35 percent of all US adults television would be very hard to give up, compared with 44 percent in 2006…..

Using the Web -- browsing it, searching it, sharing on it -- has become the main activity for hundreds of millions of people around the globe," Pew said.

Comes this news of the "'mind boggling' stash of 360 million stolen web site credentials for sale online in what could be biggest breach in history

A cybersecurity firm has uncovered stolen credentials from 360 million accounts that are available for sale on cyber black markets…they warn the discovery could represent more of a risk to consumers and companies than stolen credit card data because of the chance the sets of user names and passwords could open the door to online bank accounts, corporate networks, health records and virtually any other type of computer system….'The sheer volume is overwhelming.'….

Alex Holden, chief information security officer of Hold Security LLC….believes the 360 million records were obtained in separate attacks, including one that yielded some 105 million records, which would make it the largest single credential breaches known to date.

He said he believes the credentials were stolen in breaches that have yet to be publicly reported.  The companies attacked may remain unaware until they are notified by third parties who find evidence of the hacking, he said.
'We have staff working around the clock to identify the victims,' he said.

Do you think this will change anyone's mind? 

Posted by Jill Fallon at February 28, 2014 10:06 AM | Permalink