The biggest news about hacking lately has involved the News of the World tabloid in Britain and, we learned Thursday, an FBI probe of potential hacking in the U.S. by papers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
But long before those reports, it was shaping up as a banner year for hackers of a different kind.
So far, this year has brought us compromised computers at Lockheed Martin, Citigroup, Google, the U.S. Senate, the International Monetary Fund, Sony, Epsilon Data Management and, maybe most embarrassing, RSA — maker of the SecureID tokens designed to, you know, keep data and systems safe.
Three years ago, U.S. Central Command was successfully attacked by a worm that continues to cause problems. Of course, as Stuxnet proved, Americans aren’t the only ones being so targeted. The Pentagon has decided that cyber attacks by other countries can constitute acts of war that may be deserving of retaliation by conventional military force.
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Still, it’s worrying that both private companies with a business interest in protecting their customers’ personal information and government agencies with national security at heart have proved so vulnerable. This is probably a case where the public and private sectors will have to put their heads together to improve online security.
In the meantime, what worries you more personally: an attack on a company that you do business with (such as a credit card issuer), or the hacking of potentially sensitive government network? Answer in the poll to the left and the comments thread below.
– By Kyle Wingfield