What is the cyber?:
As referred to by Donald Trump, the cyber is big. And is still growing, we must worry about cyber warfare as the youth have access to the cyber. This is obviously Trump’s take on the web and the need for cybersecurity rising.
But what is cybersecurity?:
“Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.” (Rouse, M 2010)
‘Number of’ is when something can be numbered (i.e. counted). For example, people.
‘Amount of’ is when something cannot be counted. For example, water.
What is hacking?
Hacking is the act of gaining unauthorised access into a system or computer, i.e. trying to get information that you should not have access to.
Hackers are often categorised into 3 notable groups (there are more, lesser-known groups), based on ethicality.
- Black-hats are hackers that the media seems to directly focus on, as they violate system security for personal gain or to be malicious. Examples: DDOSing, identity theft and scamming.
- White-hats are the opposite of black-hats, they use their knowledge for good and ethical purposes. They often use their talents to test an organisation’s systems, to see how easy it is to compromise their files.
- Gray-hats fall into a morally grey area, they don’t use their talents for malicious intent, but what they do is technically illegal.
Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending e-mails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card information, online.
Lesson task: Research hacking occurrences in the GAVI and indicate what measures were taken to protect company systems from further damage.
Group: Alfie Turner, Oliver Addison, myself.
The Hello Games Hack:
The game company Hello Games had hackers gain access into their servers on the 28th October 2016. This gave them access to their official Twitter accounts to tweet out that ‘No Man’s Sky was a mistake.’
No Man’s Sky being their recently released game that has been critically panned due to high expectations.
To solve this, they added 2-step verifications on their company accounts (such as LinkedIn) and changed all passwords to their servers and social media.
The 2011 PlayStation Network Outage:
During April 17th through the 19th on 2011, Sony experienced an external intrusion to their system, causing a network outage on 20th as Sony has suspended all of their services worldwide. The personal details of over 77 million accounts were compromised causing Sony to lose $170,000,000 USD.
As mentioned above, Sony suspended all of their services to crackdown the issue, and changed their terms and conditions. To make up for it, when the services were brought back, Sony gave everyone on a month of PlayStation Plus and a choice of 2 triple-A games for free.
Rouse, M. (2010) What is cybersecurity? Available at: http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/cybersecurity (Accessed 28 November 2016).