For the past few weeks, we have been inundated with news of various security breaches from some big names. Here are a few of the biggest ones:
- Evernote - required all users to change their passwords
- cPanel - warned users to change their administrator passwords
- Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter
- Zendesk - held user data for Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr
- NBC - hack infected website visitors' computers with malware
- Multiple Twitter account hacks (Donald Trump, Burger King, Jeep, AFP)
- Goldman Sachs
- Bush family e-mails
Buzzfeed recently called 2013 "the year of the hack," noting "[t]he hackers have been getting better, and their targets haven't been keeping up. Meanwhile, some victims have begun to believe that rather than concealing their compromised data, their best bet is to speak up about it, in hopes of improving security measures."
An interesting question, however, is whether it works to publicize the hacks. Are people so concerned with information security that they will close an account with a company that is not doing what it needs to do to protect their data? Or, as I imagine is likely the case, are people just becoming immune to it?