Money has been stolen, data has been swiped and lives have been ruined.However, I must not fail to mention the fantastic work law enforcement agencies around the world have been putting in to bring justice down on the cyber criminals causing havoc this year.Of course, you shouldn't do anything in life just because a famous billionaire does, but I believe personal privacy is worth an investment in an inexpensive webcam cover.These thin little metal covers stick right over your webcam and allow you to slide a shutter back and forth to expose the webcam or cover it up.The volume of data breaches and cyber attacks that marked 2015 could be appropriately described as a ‘cascade’ or ‘torrent’, or perhaps ‘maelstrom’.
Titled Samiz.dat, the printouts told the story of a man named Tyler, who in a near-future New York commits a mass murder in a synagogue.
Yes, it's possible for people to hack your webcam and spy on you. In case you didn't know already, your webcam can be hacked, meaning people can turn it on remotely and theoretically use it to film you without your knowledge. You could take the Mark Zuckerberg approach and use a piece of tape or a Post-it note to cover your webcam. However, it could leave marks on your laptop or PC, and it doesn't look very elegant.
But how maybe people are actually concerned about this? Last year the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, posted this photo: Look at his laptop on the left side of the photo. If you've ever seen The Social Network, you know Mark Zuckerberg has some personally experience with hacking, so at the very least this photo suggests that it's a real issue.
As Stuart Winter-Tear recently called it, 2015 has been the year of collaboration, and we can only hope to see the same in 2016.
By my calculations, which is counting up all of the available numbers on the stories that I’ve reported each month, I’m at 487,731,758 leaked records in 2015.