Cybersecurity professionals believe that the hack on Sony Pictures might be the harbinger of a wave of cyberterrorism like we've never seen before. Worst of all, the agencies built to protect us from cyberterrorism aren't exactly promising.
The Department of Homeland Security made a massive slip-up when Google requested information about something called Operation Aurora.
What's Operation Aurora? The Department of Homeland Security doesn't know either. Instead, the organization released 800 pages of documents about something called the Aurora Project instead.
The Aurora Project is 800 pages filled with information about just how easy it really is to hack almost all water and power grids in the United States.
Just how much information was released when the Department of Homeland Security slipped up and released 800 pages worth of a how-to guide? Joe Weiss, a cybersecurity professional, explains:
Three of their slides constitute a hit list of critical infrastructure. They tell you by name which [Pacific Gas and Electric] substations you could use to destroy parts of grid. They give the name of all the large pumping stations in California.
If hackers were able to breach Sony Pictures' pitiful defenses, then imagine just how easy it would be for them to attack American infrastructure.
Not only that, but the people who should be protecting us from these cybercriminals are the people who are releasing the information. Oh, and they're not safe from cyberattacks either.
I don't know what exactly is going to happen over the next year, but I'd like to remind you to stay safe and keep an eye on my security center for any potential updates.