Recapping the top 4 security breaches
To some, an ironclad cyber-security system is a dead-end, a brick wall. To others, however, it is a challenge. Sometimes, hackers are driven by greed for what lies behind all that security, but sometimes the reward doesn’t matter as much as the idea of a great accomplishment. Regardless of the motivation behind their actions, here are top 4 hacking attacks that changed our perception of cyber-security and the world as we know it.
The DNC Scandal
Seeing how it happened last year in light of its influence on the outcome of 2016 elections, we can definitely say that the DNC hack has changed the world. Here, the 19,252 emails and over 8000 attachments were stolen and leaked through WikiLeaks. Through this particular leak, it was revealed that the Democratic National Committee rigged the primaries against Bernie Sanders. While some of the evidence suggested Russian involvement in this matter, there are still many doubts whether this breadcrumb trail can be followed all the way back to Kremlin. Be as it may, the breach of these scales and with such a resounding effects deserves to be number one on any list.
2012 LinkedIn Hack
One of the greatest problems with security breaches is that sometimes, they stay in the shadows for years. A cyber-burglar breach is not a regular burglary where an opened window, a shattered glass and footprints in the mud can give away a forceful entry. Furthermore, companies that actually get hacked won’t go above and beyond bragging about it. In 2012, there was a hack into LinkedIn’s network and it remained virtually obscure until last year. Sensitive info of over 55,000 users (including passwords and email addresses) was displayed on the dark web, marking this as one of the greatest breaches in history. With this in mind, every LinkedIn user should consider regularly changing their passwords and think towards safe use of remote desktop.
Pretty much the same thing happened to Dropbox. Coincidentally enough, the data breach also occurred in 2012 and was announced as late as August 2016. Seeing how this is software that a lot of people utilize for sharing private files, it has caused a full-scale alarm amongst the users. Unfortunately, the consequences of this breach are still unknown.
Two Assaults on the IRS
Some would assume that once a major organization gets cyber-attacked it would take all the steps necessary for such a thing never to happen again. However, this is not always the case. When the target is as tempting as the IRS, a lot of people are willing to risk everything and try their luck. Unfortunately for the taxpayers of America, two of these hacks succeeded in 2015 and 2016. The perpetrators stole over 460,000 social security numbers in the hope of using them to steal taxpayers’ tax returns. Still, the agency claims that no taxpayer data was successfully compromised as of yet, but the hazard still remains.
As one can conclude, even the strongest and the mightiest organizations aren’t completely hack-proof. The reason why hackers try so hard to penetrate these systems is the fact that the reward and reputation gained by the potential success is very tempting. The bigger the target, the greater the prize for those who dare to go after it. In the world of such cyber-world power players, there is not much a simple internet user can achieve. In a way, a private user can find it easier to make a hack not worth a hacker’s time and effort than a major company. Still, this would require quite a bit of work and no small amount of topic research.
Dan Radak is a marketing professional with eleven years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.