WEEKLY DATA SECURITY NEWS ROUND UP Ed. 14 - Holiday Edition December 17-21, 2012
Anonymous Targets Westboro Baptist Church But Are These Empty Threats?
WEEK IN NUMBERS .77% - Percentage of
predicted revenue affected by data loss in 2013 calculated by K logix (that’s us, so you know the number is right)
Hacktivism from groups like Anonymous has picked up steam in 2012, but are the effects as strong as they seem on the surface?
Anonymous has been known as the loose collection of hackers worldwide that have been causing self-righteous mischief via hacking for years now. This time they have their sights set on Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), one of the most controversial hate groups in recent history, and it’s not the first time. These two have beef that started last year with Anonymous making similiar threats to shut-down or prepare for the wrath that they’d bring. Unfortunately, WBC is still alive and still getting press, so Anonymous didn’t do a very good job the first time around. When WBC announced they would be picketing the funerals of the victims at Sandy Hook, the response was public outrage. Anonymous made this video threatening the group for their actions, here is an excerpt:
“We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior. We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.” The video is narrated with an monotonous and stone-cold tone, but the fact that these threats have been made before definitely diminish the effect. Despite all this, the public eye is on the whole affair, and the majority of people are in support of Anonymous directly targeting members of WBC and making their lives a living hell, even though they don’t think Anonymous will get much done. On the popular site Reddit, the most popular comment stated “Not to be a party pooper, but Anonymous has “vowed to destroy” lots of things so far, most of which are still alive and kicking...” Source: CNET, Reddit
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Instagram Flip-Flops on Terms - Quick Crisis Management Stops the Rapid Deletion of Accounts Earlier this week, there was an outrage on my Facebook and Twitter feed over Instagram. They released new terms to their site that included this hefty little gem:
Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. It’s no mystery that we’re in a time where data is king, data is money, and in this case if you’re getting a free service from Instagram, they’re making as much money off of your data and photos as humanly possible. Or so they thought at least...because once people caught wind of this, accounts started to get deleted in mass waves. I told a friend of mine about the whole fiasco, and she quickly decided she was going to also delete her account, until she saw the following statement from Instagram:
The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question. Riiiight. Essentially within a few hours of seeing just how hard users were taking the news, they inserted that statement DIRECTLY into the section where you would delete your account. It was like we were in a business meeting with Instagram and they lowballed us, hard. In response, we packed our bags and started walking out and they shouted “wait wait wait!! I was just kidding....we can get rid of that last part, let’s just work this out.” It goes to show that even with a free-service, the user still does have plenty of power. Without our participation, without our data, Instagram is no longer a company. Middle ground is continuing to be found between how much power and data users are willing to give up in order to have free services such as Instagram and Facebook, and this will continue for years to come. Source: Forbes
The True Cost of Data Loss
Let’s be honest, we’ve seen plenty of numbers from all different vendors, as everyone tries to state exactly how much a data breach or cyber theft incident costs a company. Some of these numbers are hugely inflated, and a lot of them just look at the big breaches – the ones that make the news. At K logix we leveraged industry data and knowledge we’ve gained from helping over a thousand organizations manage data security to identify the true cost of data loss. What is it? In 2013 it will cost every organization .77% of revenue. Learn how these numbers can help you make a case for better data security resources and commitment from your executives in our latest issue of Feats of Strength. When you are done, please take our quick survey, here – all information will be kept anonymous. The data we gather will help us put together more accurate industry benchmarks like this.