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This Week in Getting Hacked: North Korea is For Real

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Chris L

It’s time for everyone’s favorite cybersecurity column, “This Week in Getting Hacked”! Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the computer, turns out it’s not.

Cybersecurity News

-If you’re a small business, here’s a lot of great tips to consider for your cyber security in 2015. If you’re not a small business, GET THE HECK OUTTA HERE! Here’s a hot tip: don’t make your password “password”.


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-The Sony hackers are back and are making new demands: they don’t want Sony to release its upcoming film The Interview. The new demands strengthen the idea that North Korea is behind the hack, seeing as The Interview is about the assassination attempt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Either that, or someone REALLY hates James Franco.

-Speaking of North Korea, reports are they are increasing military activity, as well as developing a cybersecurity unit that would carry out cyber attacks on South Korea and the West, in something that is being called the “New Frontline”. DUN DUN DUN!

-Famed hacker “Sabu” recently gave his first interview after being outed as an FBI informant in 2012. He was a main character in the Anonymous movement, as well as creating the offshoot Lulzsec. Listen kids, despite what famous rappers tell you, snitches actually get cushy government jobs.

-Lawmakers agreed on terms that increases cybersecurity spending as part of a $1.1 trillion government spending package. The bill itself will be voted on later this week as a stopgap measure until a larger bill is drafted. That’s a good thing, considering that North Korea is crazy enough to hack us over a stoner comedy movie.

That’s it for this week. Stay safe out there!

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