In today’s technologically driven world, do you ever take time to stop and ask yourself “Is my data safe?” The truth is that most people don’t. It would be fair to say that a lot of us are working under the assumption that we only get viruses by watching pornography on the internet or downloading pirated mp3’s from questionable sources. Although this is where the majority of Trojan horses hide away, this is certainly not the only way to become infected.
Most recently World of Warcraft, the industry leader in MMORPG games (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) was brought to its knee’s by a hacker who took control of the game, killing thousands over a 4 hour period. World of Warcraft is run by Blizzard Entertainment, a company which has been operating for over 20 years. It makes you think “If a company worth over 1 billion US dollars per year is susceptible to these attacks, what could happen to my business?” If Blizzard entertainment, a company that invests millions of dollars every year into security measures is able to be hacked, then what chance does the average Australian business have?
Well, the average Australian business is sold anti-virus software with every computer purchase; which the sales person guaranteed it would prevent any virus or attack. While this may be true to a degree, most businesses are interconnecting their computers and linking to online servers which can open the back door to most hackers. All it takes is a cleverly designed DDoS attack to crash your server and leaver your network useless. This also means that if one computer is infected, it is highly likely that the rest of your computers are next on the viruses attack list.
So what if you were smart and stored everything on a cloud server such as Dropbox? It turns out this was a bad move, with many cloud host companies using terms and conditions that give them ownership to anything you upload. While you may not care if they own your documents, do you know where their server is hosted and what happens if it shuts down? You lose everything…
All these points are definitely worth thinking about. While we may believe technology is the way forward, it is also very much the way backwards if you do it wrong.
For more information on the wow hacking see here: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/hacker-fills-world-of-warcraft-cities-with-corpses-20121009-279zv.html