Nefarious hackers are lurking around every corner of the Internet, constantly working on new ways to beat Web security and steal our data. Some methods they employ involve remote digital attacks that utilize security flaws to steal data from corporate servers. And sometimes they perpetrate physical breaches, as was the case with the major Target attack we saw last year. Large corporations aren’t the only targets though, and one reporter recently found out firsthand what it’s like to be an Internet spy.
“On a bright April morning in Menlo Park, California, I became an Internet spy,” Ars Technica’s Sean Gallagher wrote in a recent feature article. “This was easier than it sounds because I had a willing target.”
He continued, “I had partnered with National Public Radio (NPR) tech correspondent Steve Henn for an experiment in Internet surveillance. For one week, while Henn researched a story, he allowed himself to be watched—acting as a stand-in, in effect, for everyone who uses Internet-connected devices. How much of our lives do we really reveal simply by going online?”
Just how much damage was Gallagher able to do? His piece is a fascinating read and it’s linked below in our source section.