Is The Cyber World Safe Anymore?
Kickstarter, the latest company to be hacked, has raised more privacy concerns
It’s now easier than ever for hackers to crack even the most complex of codes. According to a 2012 Verizon report, there were 621 confirmed data breaches, and more than 47,000 reported “security incidents.” And it has been climbing steadily ever since. We cringed in fear with hopes that we weren’t one of the 2 million Facebook, Twitter and Gmail accounts whose passwords were stolen. Then there was the hit on Target over the Christmas holiday. Reports on Apple, Living Social, American Express and a host of others surfaced; and now Kickstarter is the latest company claiming that hackers have managed to access some user account information on its site.
Cybercrime is raising many concerns when it comes to privacy. In late 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned the US that the nation would likely face a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.” It’s certainly time for tighter cybersecurity, but is that enough to calm the fears of millions around the country?