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Windows 7: Your data isn't secure, don't trust companies to keep it safe

04 May 2011   #1

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Your data isn't secure, don't trust companies to keep it safe

Our data is no longer safe in the hands of the companies we entrust to keep it that way. Itís time to take back whatís ours.

This past week weíve seen the results of two intrusions in Sonyís networks. One intrustion of the PlayStation Network resulted in the exposure of the private data for over 77 million customers, including credit card information. A second intrustion into the Sony Online Entertainment division resulted in the exposure of nearly 25 million more user accounts and their data.

Sony was not immediately forthcoming with details, and chose to shut down their networks completely for several days in order to try cleaning up the damage. Sony claims the credit card information was encrypted, yet shortly after the intrusions some of the credit card information was put up for sale. Sony denies this, of course, but then again Sony has a history of lying to their customers and the public.

Sony isnít the only company that has been hacked recently. In 2009 and 2010, there were a rash of corporate attacks against Google, Adobe, and dozens of other high profile companies, ostensibly to collect software code and personal data from their customers. The problem, however, is that companies are not forthcoming about how severe the attacks were and how much data was compromised.

While itís true that many security exploits and intrusions are the result of trojans and viruses, social engineering plays a big part in the exposure of data. Hackers can pose as employees of a target company, and talk their way into getting login information from a naive employee. After that, the doors are wide open.
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