LinkedIn recently announced that they were hacked back in 2012 by a hacked named “Peace”. Evidently “Peace” is now short on cash and is offering to sell the user names and passwords for $2,200 each on the Dark Web and reportedly has about 12 million of them. LinkedIn confirmed the theft and said that the stolen information only amounted to about 6.5 million user names and passwords. Not very comforting. Peace and the hackers that created the breach are attributed to a Russian cyber-criminal organization.
I am not sure what sort of havoc someone could cause if they got into your LinkedIn profile. In my mind the reality is that many internet users are relatively lazy and will use the same password for everything and it won’t even be that difficult of a password to figure out. Your last name, your kids’ names, “password”, 1234, etc. are all relatively easy to figure out for criminals. So if you use the same one that you do for your bank accounts, now they have access to that as well. Once in, they can change the existing password and lock you out of your own account before you even realize what has happened. Scary stuff.
The other thing I wanted to bring up is what Memorial day is really all about. Winston Churchill once said “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” About 6 months ago, retired WWII Air Force Master Sergeant Melvin Rector made the decision after 71 years, to travel from his home in Florida back to England to visit some of the places that he had been stationed and served. As a machine gunner and radioman on B-17 heavy bombers, he flew eight combat missions over Germany in the Spring of 1945. On several his aircraft and crew withstood severe damage from heavy anti-aircraft fire. He once flew on the Memphis Bell, one of the most famous heavy bombers that survived a miraculous 25 missions with its crew all intact. That seems like a remarkably low number but in the throes of war, it was an almost unheard of feat.
Earlier this month, Master Sergeant Rector started his journey and returned to England where he spent a great deal of the war defending our allies. One of the stops was the very bunker where Winston Churchill uttered those famous words. As Master Sergeant Rector exited the bunker and walked between two WWI era planes, at the age of 94, he quietly died. He came home to rest just last Tuesday.
Memorial Day weekend is a much anticipated and much celebrated holiday. It is the beginning of summer, the end of school, the beginning of vacations and a time for boats and beaches and cook outs. But please remember this holiday weekend, the sacrifices that others made so that we could enjoy all those things.
All gave some, but some gave all.