Cybercrime on the rise

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An attack on the Facebook network leaked 50 million users’ personal information due to bugs in the website’s software.

Emily Toro

In the digital world, emails from Nigerian princes holding a relative captive or anonymous threats requesting bitcoin are all too familiar. Today, cyber threats troll the internet with massive amounts of security breaches and privacy scandals.

Security specialists, computer analysts, database administrators and other experts help to minimize harm over the internet by securing personal information. Specifically, cybersecurity analysts aim to identify cyber threats, inspect software weaknesses and protect both personal and company data, according to Ecpi University.

These cyber threats have evolved over time to now engineer convincing emails, rather than sending organizations generic spam messages. Advanced mass-computing technology also makes it easier to gain access to secure information.

Recently, an attack on Facebook’s network leaked 50 million users’ personal information. Bugs in the website’s software allowed hackers to breach the system and view the data, according to The New York Times.

Hackers also compromised the accounts of 150 million users on Under Armor’s “MyFitnessPal” app. Under Armor secured some users’ passwords with weaker hashing or encryption schemes, which yielded an easier breach, according to NBC.

Despite the continuous and ever-improving nature of these threats, many companies still do not consider cybersecurity a top priority. Companies often address security concerns improperly, according to Harvard Business Review, and many overlook potential security concerns.

Currently, there are approximately 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions in the United States alone, according to The Hill. Many believe it is too difficult to pursue a career in cybersecurity, particularly women and minorities, and they overlook the potential to gain a position in this industry.

The lack of security leaves people unsure of whether or not to continue sharing private information over the internet.

As Forbes concluded, “One thing is certain — cybercrime is not going away any time soon.”