The web belongs to the bad guys and getting it back won't be easy
The banner to this post is what the International Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald used in his piece detailing all the ills and issues surrounding the use of the internet. It is a sobering, if not accurate, reflection of an almost daily problem which has manifested itself from the ubiquitous web. Just check out these "samples" of what has been happening and being said in the last little while...."The data breach problem in healthcare has entered crisis mode. In 2016, 36 percent of all breaches and 44 percent of all records compromised were healthcare-related. Those breaches resulted in the theft of 15.4 million healthcare records.The phishing attacks being used to perpetrate these breaches are nothing new. They were a leading cause of data breach incidents for the eighth consecutive year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.Cybercriminals are going after electronic health information simply because it offers personal information that can be re-used for many different types of fraud, including claims, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Savings Accounts and more. In addition, because some health providers aren’t using sophisticated security controls, personal demographic information can be used to bypass password reset functions for account takeover." Health Data ManagementThen there is this today, also from Health Data Management:"Security experts who are analyzing the recent attack using Petya.2017 say it is not ransomware as initially believed, but a malware attack that wipes data from systems and thus more injurious than ransomware,Three major healthcare data security firms—Comae Technologies, Symantec and Tom Walsh Consulting—are among others that have released guidance on the Petya.2017 virus affecting industries across the globe, including the U.S. healthcare system.Petya.2017 is not designed to make money, according to a comprehensive primer by security experts at Comae Technologies. “The goal of a wiper is to destroy and damage. The goal of a ransomware is to make money.”Finally, the stats in this piece from Forbes are simply frightening:
"The latest statistics are a call to arms: According to Cisco, the number of so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks—assaults that flood a system’s servers with junk web traffic—jumped globally by 172% in 2016. Cisco projects the total to grow by another two and a half times, to 3.1 million attacks, by 2021. Indeed, the pace of cyberassaults is only increasing. Internet security firm Nexusguard reports that it observed a 380% increase in the number of DDoS attacks in the first quarter of 2017 compared with a year earlier.
As the number and scale of network attacks grow, the toll on business is rising. The average total cost of a data breach in the U.S. in 2014 was $5.85 million, according to research from IBM and the Ponemon Institute, and this year it’s estimated to be $7.35 million. According to a report earlier this year from business insurer Hiscox, cybercrime cost the global economy more than $450 billion in 2016. The WannaCry ransomware attack alone, which crippled computers in more than 150 countries in May, could cost as much as $4 billion according to some estimates."
What can you and I do about all of this? Ensure our computers are secure and use LifeBank™ - with the data it can store off the cloud - for all those important details about ourselves we don't want to share with others.