Is the spike in data theft reason to worry?

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Of course it is. With internet and mobile services accounting for a large part of our personal and corporate lives, hackers have a lot of means in their disposition to target us, harm us, steal our information and use it in malicious and evil ways.

Just look at the recent Ashley Madison hack, or the several huge data breaches in healthcare services which have resulted in the theft of personal information belonging to millions of people. If that isn’t enough, you can take a look at the OPM hack, in which Beijing-backed hackers took off with information belonging to more than 20 million U.S. federal employees, including fingerprint data for more than 5.6 million people.

And I’m barely scratching the surface here. There are lots of more ways hackers can personally target us, including through our phones, IoT devices, and even by leveraging security holes in our ostensibly secure antivirus software.

Every online interaction and activity we undertake can become the source of an attack. But does it mean that we made a mistake investing in and developing technology? Are we better off going back to the pre-mobile, pre-internet era?

I’ve discussed the above and more in my latest piece in TechCrunch, published a few days ago. I would be glad to have your thoughts on it.

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