4 Responses to How Hacking Works

  1. Daniel J Cambronero December 6, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

    I enjoyed this post in the blog in compassion to others because of its change of pace, with so many articles available to us about hacking and data breaching it is often easy to forget that although hackers are super tech geniuses, it is ultimately down to the user to practice safe password practices in order to properly protect your accounts.

    With data breaches becoming more and more common by the day, it often will leave you wondering not only if one of your accounts was breached and leaked but also, what information was leaked. If it were something as simple as what kind of car have you been trying to buy it should not be much of a problem however, if a situation like the one addressed in the comic were to occur in which PASSWORDS were not only leaked but then posted online along with your account details then some big problems might arise. Let us say for example, your Yahoo account details got leaked (which famously did happen), the information exposed would include: your yahoo email, your back up email, your first and last name, your phone number, your password and worst of all your security questions and answers. Reviewing the lost information with your first and last name along with emails people can sign you up for services you do not want to and you can even have your identity stolen. Your phone number can be sold to telemarketer companies and even now a days robo-call companies. Worst of all, your password and security questions are now available on the internet for everyone to see which although you might not think is bad, hackers are aware that users are lazy and do not want to come up with multiple passwords or security questions. In doing so, by gaining access to one of your passwords/security questions, the internet has now have effective gotten all of your account details for all of your accounts, as demonstrated when the stick figure says “Cool, Lets Try them all on Venmo”

    All in all, although we see hackers as these tech-savy gods, more often than not there is no one to blame but yourself if you fall victim to mass hacking due to the lack of one your account details. This is due to the fact of the users poor password and security question information management and lazily assigning the same for all accounts.

  2. Alexander Nowik December 6, 2019 at 7:55 pm #

    Wow. 55 words, and yet stills conveys a very clear succinct message. DON’T USE THE SAME PASSWORD FOR EVERYTHING! The hackers in the second panel are clearly meant to be almost emotionless and have merely a laptop a piece. Hacking has become so dramatized in modern culture that people think that it requires someone sitting away all day trying to get your password, when it really is just them trying to get any password or email and then just trying them out in order to access important info. Having a different password for everything is really important and especially for your email and for anything with deeply private info (your banking information obviously). I really like this comic.

  3. Kathleen Watts December 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

    Our world now involves so much technology that you can’t fully stay away from it. If you do, you won’t really be able to get as far in life as your peers who do use technology. However, with our increasing online presence, we put ourselves in a lot of risky situations. A lot of our personal information is online now because it makes life easier. Rather than having to get your card out every time you buy something, now your information autofills. This leaves your finances in incredible danger. We simply expect companies to protect our money with their lives, but there is a lot of evidence that that is not their first priority. Yahoo attempted to bury the fact that 3 billion accounts may have been victims of a widespread attack in 2013. Marriot disclosed in 2018 that possibly 500 million user accounts were accessed while hackers remained in their system from 2014 until they were discovered in 2018. For four years, hackers sat in Marriott’s system without anyone knowing. In 2017, 209,000 Equifax customers had their credit card numbers stolen by hackers.
    Everyday, companies preach safe passwords and not repeating passwords, however, that is only a simple remedy to the real problem. Like the picture explains, hackers will get emails and passwords from one site and use that to access all sorts of information. If they can get into your venmo or paypal account, they can easily send themselves as much money as possible. But, like I said, people being diligent about keeping their passwords different is just a band-aid on a gushing wound.
    Consistently, companies are being hacked and the troves of data the store on their customers gets broken into. The hackers use this information to get other things from these customers. When a user keeps their password different, they are being reactive. The companies refuse to act proactively because they don’t fear being held accountable. As far as they are concerned, the hacker committed the crime, not them. However, they are starting to face consequences for their actions, or lack thereof. Yahoo, Marriott, and Equifax all either have or will face legal punishment. In 2017, Anthem Inc., America’s largest insurance company, reached a $115 million settlement after 80 million customer accounts were breached. After a breach with their credit and debit cards, Target reached a settlement of $28.5 million. These companies will continue to lose big as long as they continue to deny responsibility. Eventually, people will stop using their services if this continues. The lack of security companies put on their user data is just too much for hackers to pass up.

  4. Felipe Salas January 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

    I believe that this image clearly exemplifies how cybersecurity is misunderstood among the big majority of internet users. The comic shows how the average person thinks about safety when it comes to digital credentials. Creating complicated passwords may be somewhat effective, however, the average internet user uses simpler passwords repetitively. Despite the complexity of the passwords that a person uses, safety is not guaranteed. Regardless of how secure our credentials seem to be, many online accounts get leaked through unexpected breaches that can even affect big companies. Information can be stolen in large quantities to later be filtered so that only useful data is used. In the current times, hacking is no longer an arduous process that requires a person to sneak into another’s personal files in order to try and figure out which information can be valid. Credentials are being stolen with automated processes, which is very scary because it facilitates this means that hacking has become more efficient, fast, and easy. Average internet users like myself, do not worry a lot about cybersecurity. I believe that this should change. The risk is there, and if we can do more to avoid it, then we should. Complex passwords are not safer, all our information online has the risk of being exposed. In this society, It is a necessity to be connected through the internet, but we should understand how to use it in order to get dangerously exposed. The internet is so vast and we cannot trust anything really for the safety of our information, that is why we have to be cautious.

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