'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine
Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way
Sandy Parakilas in San Francisco. ‘It has been painful watching. Because I know that they could have prevented it.’ Photograph: Robert Gumpert
Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica,
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Ransomware’s popularity has attracted the attention of cyber criminal gangs; they use these malicious programs in targeted attacks on large organizations in order to steal money. In late 2016, we detected an increase in the number of attacks, the main goal of which was to launch an encryptor on an organization’s network nodes and servers. This is due to the fact that organizing such attacks is simple, while their profitability is high:
- The cost of developing a ransom program is significantly lower compared to other types of malicious software.
- These programs entail a clear monetization model.
- There is a wide range of potential victims.
Ransomware is an extremely high risk cybersecurity threat that security industry experts worldwide, expect to grow significantly this year and beyond.
Ransomware is essentially malicious software that gives a hacker the ability to lock you out of your business by encrypting mission critical files on individual computers or across entire networks.
Most consultants know they should have a website. But I get asked all the time by those new to consulting whether or not they should have a blog.
My answer is yes, but with a couple of caveats.
If you’re going to start a blog make sure you have something to say. And be sure you can keep it up.
This advice goes for all companies…
There’s nothing worse than setting up a blog,
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