In 2014 large amount of Tech news was reported, from new devices to hacking and security fails. Lets take a look at what got you reading.
WHAT IS THIS I SEE? Is that the Great and Powerful TRIXIE?
Can we trust YouTube? What the hell are they doing???
Sadly, the first of many casualties: http://www.tubefilter.com/2013/12/15/youtube-channel-terminated-copyright-content-id/
‘In the likely event of everyone in the world being hacked please use the emergency exits – here and – here’. Well we haven’t reached that stage as of yet but everyday it seems another firm falls foul to malicious hacking and cyber attacks. The most famous in recent history, sorry to keep reminding you, being the attack on Sony’s Playstation Network in 2011 that took the network out for over a month.
Now we have moved on, 2 years down the line and we would have expected companies to have realises the world is big and bad. But yet we still are victims of the form of criminal activity known as “hacking”. Today Ubisoft is the latest victim in the vicious circle and has announced that its online services, passwords and account details have been compromised.
The publisher said that names, email address and encrypted passwords had been “illegally accessed” but thought no credit card or financial data was in question. As of the attack Ubisoft had 58 million registered users, nevertheless the firm believes the attacks are unrelated to prior breaches.
Oh no Ubisoft…
Last year the firm had been run around the mill with security breaches and attacks – their UPlay web browser addon allowed criminals to run malicious software on users PC’s. Then in April it halted PC game sales as gamers found a way to download titles free of charge from their online store.
Ubisoft make popular titles such as Assassins Creed, Just Dance, Far Cry and Splinter Cell.
Following the normal procedure Ubisoft recommended: “all our users change their passwords”. The company has fallen into gne same trap many a time and is now being accused of not taking threats seriously. Following the Sony attack the Japanese business was fined £250,000 by the UK Information Commissioner for failing to have up to date security software.
“Ubisoft’s security teams are exploring all available means to expand and strengthen our security measures in order to better protect our customers. Unfortunately, no company or organisation is completely immune to these kinds of criminal attacks.”
It is understandable the high paced and fast moving world that firms operate in and the restraints many face but companies have a duty of care to our data and need to do all they can to protect it. Although they may have done so in Ubisoft’s case, unlike Sony, firms need to come together. The industry needs to join to collaborate to protect user data for the benefit of everyone, not just snigger at each other when their competitors get hacked. Otherwise one day it could be big.