Now that the Internet is so ubiquitous that you must accept direct deposit for your paycheck, and your refrigerator has to get online to check for sales on cottage cheese, we find ourselves totally dependent on a service that we don’t understand and can’t live without. System engineers, whether they work for huge companies such as Microsoft, or corporations that process payrolls for small businesses are heedlessly endangering not only our privacy and finances, but now our physical wellbeing. Much like the cigarette manufacturers in the recent past worked to make their product more addictive while denying the deadly consequences, software companies are pushing faulty products on unwary consumers and blithely shrugging off the dangers.
We are alerted daily to new innovative ways that cyber attacks are personally affecting us in ways other than through the computer hacking of financial records, which we have come to expect. The attacks that are gaining prominence today could cause injury or death tomorrow
For several years now reports have been widespread of major corporations like Sony, Target, Anthem, JP Morgan Chase, Home Depot and even the U. S. Office of Personnel Management being the victim of cyber breaches. Each has cost the company dearly in terms of credibility, not to mention actual financial loss, while leaving the average customer defenseless as their personally identifiable information (PII) has been compromised for criminal activity.
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