Half of American adults hacked this year

Half of American adults hacked this year

“Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans — roughly half of the nation’s adults — in the last 12 months alone.

That massive number, tallied for CNNMoney by Ponemon Institute researchers, is made even more mind-boggling by the amount of hacked accounts: up to 432 million.

The exact number of exposed accounts is hard to pin down, because some companies — such as AOL (AOL) and eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500) — aren’t fully transparent about the details of their cyber breaches. But that’s the best estimate available with the data tracked by the Identity Theft Resource Center and CNNMoney’s own review of corporate disclosures.”

We are constantly told that cyber security and cyber crime is not a problem.   These type of statistics are showing that we have a major problem with what is happening in the digital world.

The digital world is no longer the safe and secure place it use to be 20 years ago.   It is a dangerous place, where the bad guys lurk, and they are interested in anything that they can steal from you.

I recently did a house call to a client and had a look at their 14 year old’s gaming computer.   It was riddled with malware, spyware and viruses, all it seems, downloaded and installed voluntarily.    This is how the bad guys work, target the uneducated, the vulnerable and innocent.

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.