World wide cyber-security breach.....yet again!

Tuesday 28 June Report:    "Computer systems from Russia to the United States were struck on Tuesday in an international cyberattack that bore similarities to a recent assault that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

As reports of the attack spread quickly, the Ukrainian government said that several of its ministries, radiation monitoring at the Chernobyl nuclear facility, local banks and metro systems had been affected. A number of companies — including the Danish shipping giant Maersk; Rosneft, the Russian energy giant; Saint-Gobain, the French construction materials company; and WPP, the British advertising agency — also said they had been targeted.

And in the first confirmed cases in the United States, Merck, the drug giant, confirmed that its global computer networks had been hit, as did DLA Piper, the multinational law firm."

The New York Times

 There can be little doubt cyber security is near enough a myth, and probably impossible, and will only get worse.....not only because the criminals are smart and adept in getting around and through vulnerabilities in computer systems, but because governments and corporations are, and continue to be, slack in securing those systems.

Another dimension to people, generally, failing to secure themselves from and against things like ransomware and identity theft, was highlighted recently at a conference in Sydney, Australia, as reported in the Australian Financial Review (behind a firewall):

"The fact convenience trumps security for most consumers when it comes to online shopping  was one of the more alarming revelations to come out of the recent Future of Payments roundtable co-hosted by The Australian Financial Review and Braintree.For founder and CEO of online beauty store Adore Beauty, Kate Morris, the level of concern people have about security at present is nothing compared to what it was when she began in 2000."People just assume that so long as your website looks legit, that you are all right."
 CEO and founder of online personal brand consultants Social Check, David Griffiths, believes consumers are in for a huge wake-up call when it comes to mobile security.
According to Jason Williams, the founder of bitcoin merchant services platform Bitpos, security is almost falling to the wayside when it comes to online transactions and we are heading into dangerous territory.
Part of the problem is most consumers just want access to their products and do not really read the terms and conditions of sale or what they are giving merchants access to. For example, some apps ask for access to contacts, camera and even messages on your phone, which all seems rather innocuous but it is handing over a treasure trove of information."
 Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/special-reports/beyond-payments/security-important-but-most-consumers-prefer-convenience-20170626-gwyfxl#ixzz4lFJb9M
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