Hack me, I dare you.

Nov 19, 2013 by

I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

 by Adam Penenberg

The above link to pandodaily.com is a fascinating article by a journalist who wondered how hard it would be for a “white hat” skilled hacker to uncover his digital footprint.  In the period of two months the hackers gained access to “… our family’s W2s, which included our social security numbers as well as our income and all of our deductions, paperwork and copies of credit card and banking statements. They also came upon a password to our home router. More frightening, they discovered her password and log in to our Chase online banking account.” and “While inside they got into our checking and savings accounts, a corporate bond account, our credit card statements and online bills. They could, if they wanted to, have wiped us out financially.”

The journalist was not careless nor uninformed about normal computer security procedures.  His conclusion?

“As for me, since we concluded this exercise I’ve changed my passwords and log ins but I don’t delude myself into thinking I’m protected from prying eyes — the government’s or anyone else’s, if they belong to someone with the right combination of skills, resources and determination.”

The article is well worth the read.  Hat tip to Ben Brooks.

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