One has to wonder just where all the hacking is going to lead. Nothing it seems is safe any longer. Major retailers, SONY, the White House, banks, defense contractors, government agencie–all seem to have been vulnerable to one degree or another to those with malicious intent. Today we receive word on two important aspects of hacking. First the FBI has officially blamed North Korea for the attack at SONY and second, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reports that they, of all people, were recently hacked.
According to reports, the FBI noted that “North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves”. It appears that the state sponsored hackers tried to cover their tracks but they left enough ‘clues’ for the Bureau to follow them to the source. It will be interesting to see what the response from the US government will be.
The ICANN breach is troubling as well. For those of you who are unaware, ICANN is ‘the’ administrator for domain names on the Internet. From all reports in this case, the bad actors used the old tried and true method of spear phishing to gain access to the inner workings at ICANN and managed to ‘steal’ a good deal of sensitive information including names, addresses, passwords, email addresses and telephone numbers, all of which can be leveraged into greater access elsewhere.
We are all hooked to technology in some manner, which means that we are all vulnerable to some degree. And . . . with the ‘Internet of Things’ evolving it appears we are going to be even more connected and even more vulnerable. The question we need to ask ourselves is . . . should we be so connected . . . just because we can be? Living with a cyber ‘Sword of Damocles’ over our heads is no fun.
Sony Made A Mistake
ICANN Has Been Hacked