3 Rules to Avoid Being Hacked And 3 Books to Read About Cyber Security

3 Rules to Avoid Being Hacked And 3 Books to Read About Cyber Security

If the recent Malware attack got you concerned, you might pick up a copy of “Overconnected.” 

Digital contagion

Overconnected is about chaos theory, the unintended consequences of everything being connected in the world by exacerbating the effect of what is digital contagion.

Future crimes

Or if you want to get even more worried, read “Future crimes”. Some scary statistics from that book:

  • 200,000 new pieces of malware are identified every day
  • One-third of all households in the USA are infected by malicious software
  • 95% of all malware is not detected by most virus checkers (those include McAfee and Symantec)
  • A hacking intrusion takes 210 days to detect
  • 75% of the time your defences can be penetrated in minutes
  • Only 15% require more than a few hours (but are still hacked)
  • In 2017 a 100 billion will be spent on software and hardware security
  • The value of location data will be over a 100 billion in the next ten years
  • Android was created to give Google access to all your mobile data
  • Experian sold the data on 2/3 of the USA population to an organised crime group in Vietnam
  • 13.1 million Americans are the victim of identity theft annually. 500,000 of them are children, costing $ 21 billion in 2012
  • 600,000 accounts on Facebook are compromised every day
  • 25% of all reviews on Yelp are bogus
  • 11.2% of Facebook accounts are fake
  • 100 million phishing messages are sent every day
  • 80% of all hackers are now working or organised crime

Everything can be hacked

Everything that is connected can be hacked. And now we are at the beginning of the internet of things. Connecting everything. Which means that nothing can be hidden and everything can be hacked. Software and hardware. There are hardware viruses in chargers that can allow hacking your phone. They found hidden wifi cards in kitchen equipment that could hack your wifi (and then the rest). Your car can be hacked. Your pacemaker. Your hearing aid. Your headset. Your toys. Your lamp or your lightbulb (it is called Conversnitch). Your TV or Skype camera (they are watching you). Your coffee pot. Your burglar alarm. Your electronic locks. Your fridge. Your wearables. Google’s NEST has been hacked. 70% of all IoT devices have 25 unique security flaws.

The seventh sense

"The seventh sense" (which is about AI taking over the world and we might not even know it) gives you the most sensible advice:

RULE ONE: Do not own a computer.

RULE TWO: Do not power it on.

RULE THREE: Do not use it

Now you know.



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