Hopefully, you never know what it’s like to find out you’ve been hacked. However, as over 30 million Ashley Madison users learned the hard way on July, 15th, 2015, hackers could come for any of us. While no one has been charged with the leak, plenty of damage has been done from the anonymous attack.
Although most of us would rather not think about it, getting hacked is easier than ever. Just about every week, another news story reveals the latest victim. This is why Barclays, the Bank of England and other large financial institutions have taken extreme measures to protect themselves: hacking their own systems. Barclays began their program this past February, 2015.
There is no perfectly secure network, even if there were, the weakest point will be the human factor, an attack is possible because secure systems are designed without anticipating how real users react to system events. We need to understand what make them vulnerable. Take for instance the conflict created, when a banks security department instructs us never to click on emails links and their marketing department sending us clickable marketing emails.
Recently, a disgruntled software developer pleaded guilty in a federal court for breaching his former employer network. He deleted source code and created a malware that harvested employee login credentials, which he later used to break and disrupt business all because he was passed over for promotion.