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Ubiquitous Hacking As Wake-Up Call

DATA THEFT—U.S.

March 7, 2012

The New York Times reports on what it calls "the bright side of being hacked." Experts speaking at last week's RSA conference in San Francisco, CA, noted that hacktivist groups like Anonymous raise alarm about the security of corporate computer systems. Booz Allen Senior Vice President Roger Cressey said, "Anonymous is a wake-up call...Any company that is patting themselves on the back and saying that they're not a target or not susceptible to attack is in complete and utter denial." Hacktivism draws public attention and, hence, corporate executives and stakeholders, according to the report. Meanwhile, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration says that in 13 breaches, hackers illegally accessed employee credentials and mission-critical projects, and a private school in Missouri is currently being plagued by hackers who are releasing sensitive data via a social networking site. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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