BIT WARS Hacking Report: Top Hacks and Attacks of 2015
In BIT WARS: Hacking Report: Top Hacks and Attacks of 2015 Dr. Thomas Hyslip presents a concise review of the year's top hacks and attacks, featuring Ashley Madison, OPM, Anthem, IRS, Premera Blue Cross, and others. Knowing the details of how these hacks occurred and who committed them, regardless of whether or not you're a victim, gives a good understanding of how to protect yourself from future attacks. We sat down with Dr. Hyslip to ask him a few questions, and were honored to get a free copy of the book for all of our readers for the next 3 days. Hurry up! Share
What made you write this book?
There are many annual reports on cybersecurity, but most are very technical and extremely boring to read for the average person who is not a cybersecurity professional. I thought it would be fun to write a short, non-technical book that anyone could read and gain a better understanding of the threats faced by everyone on the Internet. This would raise awareness, as well as provide some basic cybersecurity education and tips for the average users.
What new knowledge did you gain whilst writing the book?
I gained a better understanding of the current threat landscape, as well as the serious lack of basic cyber security principles by major corporations. Both in their networked products, as well as in their corporate networks. A few good examples are the OPM breach which exposed the background information of over 20 million federal employees, military members, and federal contractors who have held a security clearance; the 3 largest healthcare hacks of all time which exposed the records of over 100 million people; and I forecasted the threat from Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
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Below is the introduction of the BIT WARS Hacking Report: Top Hacks and Attacks of 2015 by Dr. Thomas S Hyslip
2015 was a crazy year for hacking and cybercrime, and it seems no one is immune from involvement. The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked and a government database of background investigations was compromised. The children’s toymaker VTech was hacked and it was discovered the Hello Barbie doll by Mattell is insecure and can be used to listen in on conversations over the internet.
The 3 largest healthcare hacks of all time, and 5 of the top 10, occurred in 2015. All together over 100 million healthcare records were compromised. That is 1/3 of the entire population of the United States. This makes you wonder if the switch to electronic medical records is such a good idea.
But probably the most talked about hack of the year involved the website Ashleymadison.com. Approximately 37 million people were exposed as having accounts on the adulterous website.
This year I examined 15 hacks and attacks for BIT WARS, Hacking Report. As we move towards the internet of things (IOT) the hacks will continue to include
everyday items such as Mattell’s Hello Barbie, as well as vehicles such as Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokee.
Thank you for purchasing my book and I hope you enjoy it.
Thomas S Hyslip