Speaking of security in personal technology, the New York Times had some hackers take a shot at an unsuspecting middle-aged woman with a relatively small online footprint:
“I don’t post things about myself and don’t really understand why other people do,” Mrs. Walsh said. “The fact you can go from one friend’s profile to their friends’ profiles is creepy. I guess you could find out a lot of information about somebody if you really wanted to.”
Indeed. Days before hackers even set foot in Mrs. Walsh’s home overlooking Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, Calif., they found her Facebook account and — though it was comparatively locked down — uncovered just enough to begin to take over her digital life. The New York Times was invited to witness the hacking, on the condition that Mrs. Walsh’s town not be named.
The twist was that once the hackers found their way in, they discovered someone else had already been there.
A simple phishing email did the trick, as it does every day with countless people and businesses across the world.
Here's how to prevent this sort of attack: never, ever type in any credentials after clicking a link in an email.