Any Government, Any Business Can Be Hacked
By Victor Nappe
May 4th, 2012,
Attorney At Law Magazine.
First in a series of articles on cybercrime and its significant effects on your law practice and your clients' business.
Here are some recent press headlines and quotations from the past year that, if your're anything like me, you'll find hard to believe:
"Hackers Take $1 Billion a Year as Banks Blame Clients for Crime "[Bloomberg News]'
"2011 Set to be the Worst Year Ever for Security Breaches" [ittechnewsdaily.com].
These headlines and stories are not anomalies. A senior computer forensics engineer for McAfee recently published a white paper in which he wrote that at least 75 percent of the Fortune 1000 and major government agencies already have been hacked by cyber-criminals.
The Perfect Storm
If this situation appears unbelievable to you, and you think it just represents sensationalism by journalists, you are not alone. Until 18 months ago, that's what I believed -- and I have been a computer industry executive for 20 years. My background is in managing companies for whom computer security is mission-critical. At Apple, I managed a division that sold and supported computer technology for financial institutions, and at DouCash I created a patented system for electronic payments.