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Are Big Cyber Attacks Really Possible?

About cyber attacks. Did they really happened? How do we know? What can you do? Does it even matter?

The possibility of your being affected by any kind of cyber attack is very small. That also could be said about heart attacks, cancer, random shootings and car accidents. All those things do happen, but at any one time only a small number of people are affected.

That is the kind of reasoning that many offer when the subject of mall where, computer virus and cyber attacks are part of the conversation. It is thought that because they are so rare, they probably never really happened.

That kind of thinking might make you feel comfortable, but it does not improve your safety by one bit. Instead, you should make reasonable attempts protect you and your family from any kind of invasive malicious activity. Maybe that’s why you have a watchdog. And that is why you put a fence around your house. Perhaps you even have lights that come on at night if anybody is moving around. You don’t have to be paranoid to want to make some privation to safeguard your home and your family. We live in a world where such measures are completely rational.

But what about the possibility of a cyber attack? The biggest concern has to do with data security. Not just your personal data security in your home computer, but the data security of your bank, your place of and climate and even the Social Security office in your city.

How sophisticated and cyber criminals be? That is hard to say. The really smart cyber criminals, if they exist, do not reveal themselves. They hide in the darkness of electronic communication. There are just too many ways they can hide their tracks or confuse investigators.

If this is a topic of interest to you, and it should be, you can search the Internet and find credible reports that indicate cyber attacks have taken place in the past few years. Bear in mind, the documentation cannot be complete until the cyber criminals themselves come forward and make full confessions.

The idea of a successful cyber criminal ever making a full can patient is near absurd. Line here’s an example. Some unknown cyber criminals may very easy $100,000 gain without even walking across the street. All of their activity was done fromĀ  a place unknown to police investigators. Here is a link to a credible source of that story.

Extortionists made $100,000 without Attack.

So is it possible? In the above case it did not matter. They got what they wanted. What would you have done? Read the story.

 

 

 

How and when did broadband power line fail?

Actually, it failed a few years ago when the idea was scrapped by the FCC itself. Here is the link below.

FCC Kills BPL Test.

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However, you can still get devices that work inside your wall to send data over the power lines inside your house. This is called Powerline Networking.

For details, check link below:
What Powerline Network offers.

So, you can use it inside your own home. But you will not be able to listen to shortwave radio.

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Why Data Security Is Biggest Worry.

Terrorism, Global Warming, Widespread Hunger and Disease Are Not the Things That Are Going to Have an Impact on Your Future.

Those of us who live in the Western world have heard about how terrorism, global warming, hunger and refugees are the big problems. But these problems do not affect you directly if you’re living in a comfortable place. And even when the terrorist attack occurs, it is often confined to a small area. But the biggest danger for all of us is Data Security. Actually, present-day Data Security is very weak and can strike anywhere at any time.

Here are some bad examples.
A law enforcement agency finds that their database has been corrupted and they no longer have reliable evidence on known criminals. Records are missing, important details have been altered and it is difficult to prove the guilt of men that are known to be criminals.

Link about Heath care Data Security

A hospital has lost control of its patients records due to a data security attack by some vandals asking for ransom. This is not the hypothetical. It really happened. Could you imagine what would be like to be a patient in that hospital during that crisis?

Another example. A military organization has found that information that is supposed to be kept inside the facility was somehow transferred over to the Russians using the Internet. Thus weakening the power of the military to take action in case of a crisis. Something like that really did happen.

Link about How Criminals Ruin Data Systems

Professional criminals are not organizing methods to exploit the weaknesses in the international data security system. And this is not because of a lack of interest in the subject. Some of the best minds in the world have been creating security algorithms to prevent data hijacking. Yet the criminals appear to be winning. It takes less effort and money for them to crack into an institution that does for the institution to protect itself.

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Therefore, the question of data security is very important to you. But just putting an antivirus program on your computer does not solve the problem. It goes way beyond just your personal computer. It’s the computer usage your bank. It’s the computers used by the IRS. It’s a computers used by the government, the military, and the financial sectors.

So then,, what could you do to protect yourself against an all-out data security attack? Be prepared. Don’t keep all your money in the bank. Have paper copies of your important documents in a safe place. Be prepared to live without electricity for a week. Or even traveling in your car for a week. At the present time it seems unlikely that a data security attack would do more than a few days damage, so you don’t need to become paranoid and try to live like a hermit for a year. That’s far too extreme. Be resonable.

It is alwasy a good idea to prepare to live for a few days without your telephone, your electric, transportation or even city water. That’s because all the services that we received are now controlled by computers, a data security attack may cut off the water at your local city water supply. They could ruin most of the telephone towers of the telephone company serving your area. Think about it. None of the established institutions of our modern-day society are immune to data security attacks.

Research offered by the FBI and other agencies reveal that data security is a growing worldwide problem and is not going to go away anytime soon. So yes, data security should be considered the more i..mportant issue for many this who now live in a very comfortable situation. We become over-cofident.

And yes, I do feel sorry for the refugees, the people who suffered natural disasters and the people who are subjected to human rights violations. But there is very little I can do that about that as an individual.We have can take measures to protect out families from unexpected hardships. Please do.98536