Another week, another instance of a security breach that made the headlines. As readers of this blog know very well, hacking happens all the time. It occurs on government databases, large-scale enterprise servers, small business systems and people’s home computers and smartphones. It is not only an issue that causes a headache for the people involved, but it has the potential to put people’s livelihoods at risk because of identity theft.
Since it’s highly unlikely that people are ever going to stop using computers, it would appear that cybercrime, too, is here to stay. To mitigate your and your company’s risk against hackers and malware of all shapes and sizes, it’s recommended to have an antivirus program in tandem with an online or cloud backup solution, that way your information is always covered. Cybercriminals are relentless and will continue to try to obtain sensitive information no matter the consequences.
In some hot water
In the news this past week, the Houston Astros baseball team announced that itsdatabases were hacked by none other than members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball club. According to The New York Times, the Cardinals wanted some information about trades and statistics, data that takes years to compile and could be detrimental to the sports team.
The source noted that this is the first recorded case of corporate espionage on a professional sports team and the Federal Bureau of Investigations is currently looking into the incident. Whether or not these guilty persons will be fired or jailed has yet to be known, as it is now in federal hands and out of the jurisdiction of Major League Baseball.
Getting one’s comeuppance
While one investigation opens, another one closes. One of the creators of the malware dubbed “Blackshades” has been sentenced to five years in prison, reported Newsweek. Alex Yucel distributed his harmful malware and it allowed him to remotely access thousands of people’s personal computers in over 100 countries. And though he and his conspirator made over $350,000 in sales, Yucel will have to forfeit $200,000 alongside his prison term.
Crime may not pay, but it certainly will cost you if you and your company are ill-prepared for a hack or similar disaster. Having an online or cloud backup in place to get you back on track is one of the smartest investments you could make for your business.