Did you forget about the U.S.'s hush-hush online cold war with China? Well, Chinese hackers sure haven't. According to FBI director James Comey, the Chinese have cracked Pentagon contractor computer networks at least 50 times.
The worst part? They're not doing it because they're targeting anything in particular. They're just toying with us. Or, as the FBI boss put it in an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes:
I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar. They're kickin' in the front door, knocking over the vase, while they're walking out with your television set. We'll just be everywhere all the time. And there's no way they can stop us.
That's not all. In response to another question, Comey explained just how often government and contractor servers have been breached:
It would be too many to count. I mean, I think of it as kind of an evil layer cake. At the top you have nation state actors, who are trying to break into our systems. Terrorists, organized cyber syndicates, very sophisticated, harvesting people's personal computers, down to hacktivists, down to criminals and pedophiles.
He finally pointed the finger at China as the U.S.'s biggest cyber threat.
There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who've been hacked by the Chinese and those who don't know they've been hacked by the Chinese.
How do you stay safe in the face of all of this digital terror? Make sure that your computer is never a hacker nationalist's ticket into U.S. servers. These tips will help you protect all of your data from these terrorist creeps:
- 3 ways to keep your data safe in the cloud
- Essential security software for your tablet and phone
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