So last week we talked about hackers for activism, but as we are all well aware, hacking isn’t always used for “good”. Ever had a friend tell you “Hey dude, uh, your email address is sending me like all these virus links”? Just me? Maybe that’s what I get for using Hotmail in 2003. We’ve all made mistakes, can we just let it go?
Hacking online has meant that we have needed to create more and more secure protocols to transmit private information online (and no I don’t mean your nasty photos.) Things like phone numbers, back account details, addresses and credit card numbers are all vital pieces of information that we need to keep protected online.
Now you can only help stupidity so much, but for those of us who understand how our credit cards work it’s usually important that we only use our cards online though a secure protocol. So, fun fact, if it doesn’t say “https: in front of the URL on your browser, probably don’t go plugging your ‘deets’ into it.
With secure protocols online proving problematic for some hackers, they moved to new means of getting your information. How you ask? Well, you might enjoy going fishing, but hackers have much more fun going “Phishing”
Phishing is the act of fraudulently communicating with someone in order to collect anything from Usernames and Passwords to Credit Card information. Phishing continues its extended metaphor but luring in the “phish” by “baiting” them, often by targeting large fan-bases of particular celebrities, some examples being Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. The Celebrity Nude Photo scandal was another hacking shock which came about, it’s thought, from simple phishing and email hacks – It goes to show, maybe having a password that isn’t your birthday is a good idea.