Does cybersecurity conflict with the promotion of Internet freedom? This NPR article (and podcast) debates whether the U.S. government should be able to defend itself by putting some limits on the Internet. According to Maine Senator Susan Collins — a co-sponsor of a bill that would authorize the president to declare a “cyber-emergency” if another country wages cyberwar against the United States — computer systems in Congress and the executive branch are under cyberattack an average of 1.8 billion times per month.
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Some surprising results are out from a new survey about WiFi security: while 32% of Americans say they have borrowed a neighbor’s WiFi connection, another 40% say they would be more likely to trust someone with their house key than with their WiFi network password. And more than 25% say sharing their WiFi network password feels more personal than sharing their toothbrush. The results are featured in this article from USA Today, which also details simple steps to encrypt your home’s WiFi network and how to stay safe while at airports, cafes, and other locations with public WiFi connections.
Popular cosmetics company Lush has deactivated its UK website after a hacker stole thousands of credit card numbers. The company’s U.S. operations say customers can continue to shop “without concern for their privacy” because it operates on a separate platform from those in the United Kingdom.
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union has warned its customers — including more than one million military members and others who work in government agencies — about a security breach involving names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit and debit card numbers. According to The Washington Post, “an employee might have unwittingly made [a] laptop vulnerable to attack: Laptops can be easy targets for hackers because they’re portable and used by many people on multiple computer servers.” The full extent of the breach may not be known for some time, but the credit union has reissued credit and debit cards and offered two free years on a credit-protection software program.
This is the first “Ask the Expert” column in which Private WiFi CEO and computer security expert Kent Lawson responds to readers’ questions. This column will be an ongoing, monthly series, and this inaugural column discusses VPNs and their importance in staying protected online.
In the Wireless Age, hackers are becoming big time entrepreneurs, joining forces with others in multinational white collar organizations dedicated to cybercrime. Their target is your wireless data.