What 2015 Biggest Hacks Taught us about Cyber Security

A lot has been said about the overall security of the Internet, especially with the increasing number of mind boggling hacks completed within the year 2015 alone. In fact, a significant rise has been noticed over the years, as far as the number and sophistication of such hacks is concerned.

Biggest computer Hacks 2015 What Taught UsIf you take a look at the year that is about to end in a few days, many hacking attacks have shaken the world of digital information and the results have been devastating. Do you recall the hack of Ashley Madison, with the millions of people having been compromised of their privacy? This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course.

Talk Talk in the UK was also hacked and the people who are responsible were identified as teens. Apart from that, AT&T and Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse and HSBC are just few of the examples of worst hacks that too palace in 2015.

More recently, Vtech and the information leaked in this hack has disturbed everybody. Is this phenomenon ever going to change and is the rate of increase ever going to stop its upward trajectory? Although nobody can say for sure, it is highly unlikely!

However, there is a silver lining in this rather uncomfortable acknowledgement. We have been able to identify some truly important details and facts, as far as such hacking attacks are concerned. Let’s see what we have found out!

Customer Data is Key: What we have managed to identify first is the fact that the vast majority of hackers and snoopers are after customer data. Sensitive information including addresses and email accounts, social security numbers and bank accounts draws attention. This means that we are safer than we would have hoped for from governmental programs, but less safe than we would have asked for regarding hackers who seek our sensitive info. Needless to say, we must take necessary steps to protect our data.

More Frequent and Complex Hacks: In 2015, we have witnessed quite a few sophisticated hacks. So, it is not just the number of hacks that should be worrying us. Instead, it is also the sophistication of these attacks.

As a result, we cannot expect to get thorough protection when using obsolete methods against such hacks. A more advanced system that takes everything into consideration can be really effective, but overall hackers manage to overcome the firewalls and protective measures applied.

Beware of Ransomware: Cyber extortion has reached its climax in 2015. This is almost inevitable to continue in 2016, as well. Hackers demand all kinds of personal information, using cyber extortion.

Healthcare details and financial data are among the most frequently requested pieces of information. It is also useful to point out that Ransomware does not only target your computer, but any other device in your automated home. So, remotely managed devices should be well secured.

Online Security Systems Are Necessary: This is off the question, as 2015 has revealed the lack of caution, demonstrated by many businesses. It is really important for businesses and individuals (with companies having the larger share of the pie) to get a customized system for online security.

This can be truly helpful, particularly in preventing the cyberattacks. If you consider the fact that most hackers are not in their teens and instead they are experts in IT with full access to today’s world of cybersecurity and Internet crimes, getting a special security system is inevitable and can make a huge difference. Considering the need, general users can turn to privacy tools like VPN, Tor or Anonymous Remailers – it will do a lot of good.

And companies should always keep employees informed about ever changing cyber security needs, and necessary measures should be done upfront to protect customers. This is all about showing commitment to the security, and common sense — to keep potential corporate security glitches risks at bay. Companies should make certain they use a custom Firewall, spam filters, scan all new devices, implement automated software updates and have a dedicated team in place to keep their machines clean.

So, has frightening hacks of 2015 enlighten any light into our minds?

From all the above, you can easily comprehend why 2015 can be a source of inspiration for the future years to come and especially for 2016 security countermeasures. Dealing with cybersecurity is of the essence and therefore any information derived from past experiences is useful and should be treasured!

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Ali Qamar Ali Qamar is a seasoned blogger and loves keeping a keen eye on the future of tech. He is a geek. He is a privacy enthusiast and advocate. He is crazy (and competent) about internet security, digital finance, and technology. Ali is the founder of PrivacySavvy and an aspiring entrepreneur.

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