It looks like an uncontrollable mess
Most of us like what the internet has to offer. Instant communication, social media, email-contact, catching up with movies, etc. etc.Unfortunately there is not only a dark side to the internet, but the whole internet "system" seems out of control - and each day throws up new and different issues. Just reflect on the following...."E-health files in the United States are being used for identity fraud and by paedophiles, according to a new report that highlights the vulnerabilities of online health systems.That finding is contained in the Washington-based Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology's Your Life, Repackaged and Resold report into hacking.The institute's James Scott told Future Tense the level of hacking was "massive", and that many health organisations have simply failed to keep pace with network security needs."From ABC News "Your health information is neither safe nor secure"And that there was this the other day...."Hackers have managed to infect and take over more than 2,000 computers used to operate San Francisco’s public transport system, forcing the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) to open the gates and allow passengers to ride for nothing.The attackers used a variant of the HDDCryptor malware to infect 2,112 computers on Friday, encrypting their data and preventing them from operating normally – holding them to ransom for 100 bitcoin (£58,514, $73,086), according to the Register,.Every computer was left displaying a black screen with a ransom note written across it stating: “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key (email@example.com)ID:681, Enter.”The GuardianAnd another dimension to all of this...."For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours.Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.International customers and users of disposable or prepaid phones are the people most affected by the software. But the scope is unclear. The Chinese company that wrote the software, Shanghai Adups Technology Company, says its code runs on more than 700 million phones, cars and other smart devices. One American phone manufacturer, BLU Products, said that 120,000 of its phones had been affected and that it had updated the software to eliminate the feature.Kryptowire, the security firm that discovered the vulnerability, said the Adups software transmitted the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server. The code comes preinstalled on phones and the surveillance is not disclosed to users, said Tom Karygiannis, a vice president of Kryptowire, which is based in Fairfax, Va. “Even if you wanted to, you wouldn’t have known about it,” he said."The New York TimesWhen one considers the nature and extent of how the internet is now part of one's life, knowing that the "system" is so vulnerable - with all the negative aspects of it which can, and will, occur - one would have thought that the authorities (including corporations) would be actively involved in trying to secure and safeguard users of the internet. But no!......"Cyber attacks – from state-sponsored criminal activities by nations attempting to gain intellectual property or political advantage, to organised crime syndicates and individuals looking to profit from stealing peoples' information, to ideologically-driven "hactivism" – are real and constant."****"PwC Australia national cyber leader Steve Ingram, who previously headed fraud and security management for the Commonwealth Bank, says cyber attacks happen all the time. "It's prolific," he says.According to a recent PwC survey of almost 6400 organisations across 115 countries, Australians are now experiencing a significantly higher rate of economic crime than the rest of the globe.PwC found 65 per cent of Australian organisations experienced cybercrime in the last 24 months with more than one in 10 reporting losses of more than $1 million (compared to the global average of 32 per cent).Yet the threat is severely underestimated by Australians. Only 42 per cent of Australian organisations have an operational incident response plan and just 40 per cent described their first responders as fully trained."The Age newspaper (Australia)Let it not be said that we should not be alive to and alert to all the risks which now go with accessing and using the internet. For protecting personal, health and business records look no further than using LifeBank.