Reports are flooding the Internet today of a cyber-attack on Microsoft-owned Skype and the video-disappearing app of Snapchat. Credit is being taken by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army who has been involved with many other security breaches in recent months, including those on the New York Times and the BBC News Organization.
According to a CNN News report, this organization was part of the Edward Snowden leak scandal of 2013. Snowden had warned us through his interactions with WikiLeaks that Skype was part of the NSA’s national monitoring program, a US government agency that is allegedly using its resources to perhaps unlawfully spy on millions of American citizens.
This is only one of the many currently breaking stories worldwide of breaches in security. Yahoo has a malware scandal brewing, Snapchat is under fire for phone number hacks, the Target Stores have had credit card information stolen and posted online, Facebook is under attack for mining their user’s private messages, and now Keylogger theft is also seeping into the local and statewide news.
- Miles Stack, a West Virginia County Sheriff, uses Keylogger theft to spy on his wife who he suspects of cheating. He receives a fine and probation, leading many to wonder if the punishment fits the crime.
- The Loudoun County School System in Virginia is currently reviewing their own security breach where the personal information of students and staff were recent compromised by one of their vendors.
Now, we have the Twitter account of Skype being hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The American public may be at even higher risk than they might imagine. The question for the average online consumer is not IF they will be hacked, but WHEN.
With Keylogger theft so profoundly easy to secretly utilize, the old recommendations of managing and changing user passwords on a frequent basis is now a completely useless practice. There are new applications being developed which can stop the threat of Keylogger theft, but Americans must first come to the frightening realization of how tremendously at-risk they are every time they open a web browser.