Sunday, February 25, 2018

Cyber attacked or just careless?


Mark Fraser

Basic common sense dictates that when we get dubious e-mails, we discard them without opening any attachments.

By now, we should know e-mails telling us we won a foreign lottery, for which we have never bought a ticket, are a sham.

So too messages from exiled Nigerian royalty asking for our help to retrieve hundreds of millions of dollars are also fake.

Using free Wi-Fi services is also dangerous since a hacker can set up a computer to act like a router. When you log on to what you think is the free Wi-Fi router, what in fact happens is you become connected to the hackerís computer.

We should make sure to avail ourselves of the many legally free anti-virus software to protect ourselves from being hacked. Reputable search engines such as Google have built-in protection which instantly detects if a website contains malware, spyware or anything malicious, and warns the user accordingly.

Despite this, those in whom we have entrusted the welfare of our country, regardless of which side of the chamber they are sitting at present, are reporting they have been cyber-attacked, or so they claim.

Even if the most sophisticated hacker is able to exploit the tiniest loophole in a deviceís operating system, equally sophisticated and experienced information technology (IT) personnel employed by the Ministry of National Security should examine and safeguard all the devices of the members of both houses of Parliament as well as senior Government officials.

They should all be ashamed to admit their folly.

Larry Khan

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