We all recently heard that Twitter fell victim to an anonymous hacker and over 55,000 login credentials were exposed. While to some, a hacked Twitter account may not seem as significant as a bank or credit card account, a security breach of any kind can cause damage, lost information and identity theft. Back in February of this year, UNC Charlotte had a security breach of personal account information where at least 350,000 social security numbers were compromised. We also know of the potential Cyber War mentioned in our last blog, and how attacks could shut down major infrastructures necessary to live in the United States. Regardless of the type of security breach, they all show a weakness in our systems. Unfortunately, this type of criminal behavior will probably never cease as we continue to input valuable information about our personal lives onto the web.
Just how dangerous can a security breach be? The potential Cyber War is just the beginning. In order to combat the potential mayhem that could be, the Government wants to take steps that would help prevent and guard against these major cyber breaches and threats. Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, also known as CISPA, was just recently passed through the House of Representatives on April 26. CISPA is a proposed law that would allow the sharing of private information from the internet between the U.S. Government and technology and manufacturing companies to help the U.S. investigate cyber attacks. CISPA is favored by major corporations such as Facebook and Microsoft, but many people and companies are concerned about how CISPA would allow the government to monitor an individual’s internet browsing usage. It’s scary to imagine that a potential law would allow the government to monitor internet usage, private emails, etc., and that our information could be handed over without our knowledge. Having your personal information readily available to others is a thought that no person dreams about which is why we take measures to prevent our information from being exposed–to anyone!
The House of Representatives recently spent hours debating this difficult, proposed law known as CISPA. The law is meant to protect cyber security, but in many ways it also makes consumers vulnerable to data privacy attacks. No one likes the idea of private information being shared, regardless of whose hands it ends up in. Some have even snickered about the “Big Brother” effect this potential law could have on consumers.
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