There are significant risks associated with technology and especially being the first to grab up the latest technology products. I am as guilty as anyone. There may be bugs or glitches in the new product that are an inconvenience but there may also be some that put either you or your private and personal data at risk. An experiment recently allowed hackers to take control of a reporter’s new Internet connected Jeep as he was driving down the road. The reporter was in on the experiment.
Just about anything that is “wireless”, Bluetooth capable, Internet connected or whatever else has the potential to get hacked. Several years ago Dick Cheney had surgery and the doctors even disconnected the wireless data connection to his pacemaker because they were afraid that someone may hack into the hospital’s network and attempt to assassinate him. Another scary story had to do with the discovery several years ago that some digital picture frames imported from China were hacking into people’s computers by transferring a hidden virus wirelessly or via a USB port when people uploaded their pictures onto the devices.
As I always tell people, I never want to come off as “panic peddler”, trying to drum up ratings or business by scaring people of the ever looming Boogey Man. But a lot of times you can be your own best security agent if you take the time to think about some of the things in your life that may make it more convenient but may also be exposing you to unnecessary security risks.
First, members of the adultery website Ashley Madison had their personal information unveiled to the world by hackers. Now, a bigger threat looms.
Scammers and extortionists have been combing for targets through the data on 30 million to 40 million Ashley Madison users, stolen by a group calling itself The Impact Team and dumped online earlier this month.
Police officials in Toronto said they had already seen several instances of such spinoff crimes, including extortion attempts.