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2. News broke that China likely hacked
into U.S. government computers and compromised the personal
information of at least 4 million current and federal employees. It
appears the threat actors were targeting those who have applied for
top secret clearances. This is just the latest in a string of Advanced
Persistent Threat (APT) groups targeting government data, and occured
just days after Japan's pension system was hacked (see next
3. Japan’s pension system was hacked, with 1.25 million
cases of personal data leaked, according to Reuters. The malware was
apparently embedded in emails sent to the Japanese Pension System
employees. The attack, and others like it, demonstrate how determined
cyber criminals are to infiltrate government systems and steal
personally identifiable information.
4. Forbes reports that 90% of large
businesses in the UK have suffered an information
security breach, with the cost of breaches growing. Cyber
security is a major cost to businesses as well as shareholders, and if
the trend continues, the report predicts it will be a major deterrent
for small businesses looking to grow. All too often, companies take a
reactive approach to cyber security instead of proactive, which
compounds the potential damages of an attack.