2015 had some really big news items as far as hacking and web security. We can only expect more of what we saw in 2015 this year in 2016, here is what you might expect.
In 2015, we saw quite a few hacks where the information was essentially held for ransom, with hacking groups threatening to release information unless demands were met. In many cases, as with Sony in late 2014, the hackers didn’t get paid and sensitive and embarrassing information got released. In 2015 there were two major attacks of this nature with Ashley Madison and Invest Bank in the UAE, and in 2016 you can probably expect to see more.
Hacks of actual things should increase in the future, since more and more things are becoming connected to the web. In 2015 it was proven that you could hack into a Jeep and control pretty much anything and everything about it, including the brakes and acceleration. Now that anything from a doll to a medical device is web ready, pretty much anything could be hacked.
Earlier in 2015, a huge backdoor was discovered by a VPN provider, and they suspect it was set up by a governmental agency, whether is was the NSA or another country’s security agency, they don’t know. Going forward, you can expect that more and more spying will occur in data.
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