According to USA Today, in 2013 there were over 130 million malicious software programs released to steal personal, financial, and business data from government, business and personal networks.
Information, and the need to protect it from the bad guys, shaped the history and development of the western world. All it takes is one slip up and nations fall, wars are launched, and billions of dollars lost. Valuable information has always been at risk from entities seeking to rob or misuse it. Even before the rise of the information age, people used ingenious methods to get their hands on sensitive data. The earliest case of information being disrupted maliciously happened in 1903 when someone interrupted Mr. Marconi’s “secure” wireless telegraph system and replaced the message with rude messages. [Read more...]