Hacking America – More Americans are worried about internet-related crimes involving personal and financial information theft than “conventional” crimes, like burglary or murder.
More people were affected by cybercrimes than conventional crimes over the course of 12 months!
Americans are more worried about hacking crimes facilitated by the internet than “conventional” crimes, like burglary, stolen cars, and sexual assault, according to a report from Gallup News.
The top concern is having personal and financial information hacked, which has 67% of those who were surveyed worried. The top “conventional” crime is having your car broken into or stolen, which concerns 38% of those who were surveyed. Meanwhile, few are apparently concerned about being assaulted or killed at a place of work at 6%.
Indeed, the internet has revolutionized the way we communicate since its widespread adoption, and it’s hard to imagine a life without it. But it’s opened up a whole new category of crime called “cybercrime” for Americans, and the world, to be concerned about.
In 2013, phone numbers, birth dates, security questions and answers, and “hashed,” or scrambled, passwords of all three billion of Yahoo accounts were compromised. And in 2017, credit reporting agency Equifax experienced a huge breach including sensitive information like social security numbers, full names, addresses, birth dates, and even drivers licenses and credit card numbers of 143 million Americans.
It’s easy to understand why cybercrime is more of a concern than “analog” crime (as I call it). Having information like social security and credit card numbers stolen can have far more of an impact than a stolen car.
On top of that, cybercrime is more common than other crimes. An astounding 25% of Americans – one in four – have reported that their personal information was stolen by hackering in the last 12 months, according to Gallup. That’s compared to the 12% of Americans who have reported “having money or property stolen” in the last year.
With that said, it’s surprising that more permanent crimes, like “getting murdered” and “being a victim of terrorism” isn’t as concerning to Americans – scoring just 18% – as having their cars stolen. It just goes to show the extent that Americans value their cars.
GDPR Watchdog, the articles below shows there are plenty of reasons for Americans to be worried!
The US’s most secretive intelligence agency was embarrassingly robbed and mocked by hackers !!!
- The New York Times on Sunday published a detailed look at how the National Security Agency, the US’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency, had been deeply infiltrated over the past year.
- Expensive NSA cyberweapons are now for sale to hostile countries and have already been used in cyberattacks against the public.
- Now doubt surrounds the NSA, and experts wonder whether the agency can do its job at all.
The National Security Agency, the US’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency, has been deeply infiltrated by anonymous hackers, as detailed in a New York Times exposé published Sunday.
The NSA, which compiles massive troves of data on US citizens and organizes cyberoffensives against the US’s enemies, was deeply compromised by a group known as the Shadow Brokers, which has made headlines in the past year in connection to the breach, whose source remains unclear.
The group now posts cryptic, mocking messages pointed toward the NSA as it sells the cyberweapons, created at huge cost to US taxpayers, to any and all buyers, including US adversaries like North Korea and Russia.
“It’s a disaster on multiple levels,” Jake Williams, a cybersecurity expert who formerly worked on the NSA’s hacking group, told The Times. “It’s embarrassing that the people responsible for this have not been brought to justice.”
“These leaks have been incredibly damaging to our intelligence and cybercapabilities,” Leon Panetta, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told The Times. “The fundamental purpose of intelligence is to be able to effectively penetrate our adversaries in order to gather vital intelligence. By its very nature, that only works if secrecy is maintained and our codes are protected.”
Furthermore, a wave of cybercrime has been linked to the release of the NSA’s leaked cyberweapons.
Another NSA source who spoke with The Times described the attack as being at least in part the NSA’s fault. The NSA has long prioritized cyberoffense over securing its own systems, the source said. As a result the US now essentially has to start over on cyberinitiatives, Panetta said.
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