These days when I scan some of the links below and check the news I get the feeling that in addition to the unfortunate physical conflicts around the world that we are also deeply engaged in a World War in cyberspace. When looking into the live hacking maps it looks like nation states and corporations and perhaps criminal underground networks and some "wanabe famous bedroom hackers" are battling online for information dominance and control and perhaps in some cases just for the sake of disruptive outcomes.
A day does not go by where the average person is not in the middle of this with their personal information at significant risk. It is almost like an airborne virus you could just catch being in the proximity of someone infected. You can put up your guard and do all of the right things to protect yourself and still be vulnerable. As more and more companies and services move online we all need to open our eyes a little wider and prepare for many "what ifs". What can you do to become more aware of where and how you are vulnerable and in tune with the threats that are out there? I encourage you to poke around the links below and do some searching yourself on ways to protect your information and practices of using your technology connected to the internet.
- Site with news about of recent hacking activities: http://www.livehacking.com/category/attacks/
- Here is a real time hacker map by the Norse Security company that shows the attacks against a worldwide honeypot (that is, purposefully vulnerable) network as they happen. While this isn't representative of the full internet, it does act like a microcosm to some degree -- the bulk of attacks originate from China or the US, while Americans almost always serve as the punching bag. You'll even see large-scale (and surprisingly pretty-looking) assaults if you tune in at the right time. http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/24/live-hacking-map/
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