Monday, August 24, 2015

for those with a case of the Mondays, Atlantic author suggests ways it could get worse in light of this year's collected hacks, "As long as your information eventuallyw inds up on a computer connected to the internet, you could be in trouble."

Between the attacks on Ashley Madison and the U.S. government, what we’re seeing play out, in public, is an erosion of the possibility of trust in institutions. No secrets—whether financial, personal, or intimate—that have been confided to an organization that uses servers can be considered quite safe any more. You don’t even have to submit your data online: As long as your information eventually winds up on a computer connected to the Internet, you could be in trouble.
These hacks, and the ones we don’t know about yet, require a quasi-multidisciplinary interpretation. If the IRS, OPM, or USPS hacks seem worrisome, imagine personal information from those attacks counter-indexed against the Ashley Madison database. Wired is already reporting that about 15,000 of the email addresses in the Madison dump are from .gov or .mil domains. An attacker looking to blackmail the FBI agent whose background check data they now hold—or, at a smaller scale, a suburban dad whose tax return wound up in the wrong hands—knows just which database to check first. No hack happens alone.

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