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November 16, 2017

Consumers Fear Cyber Attacks

Consumers Expect to Be Hacked and Don’t Know Who Can Help


Nearly half (45%) of consumers expect their email or social media accounts to be hacked in the coming year, according to a survey by PwC and BAV Group.  Over one quarter (29%) expect to be victims of credit card fraud and 18% expect to have their identity stolen. They don’t know where to look for help: 82% say government should regulate use of data but 70% say government is ineffective at protecting privacy. A smaller majority, 60%, say companies are responsible for protecting data. Marketing and advertising companies are the least trusted of all.

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Cyber Attacks Becoming More Frequent

IDG Enterprise

Sadly, consumer concerns about security are well founded. The 2017 U.S. State of Cybercrime survey, taken by CSO Magazine, Carnegie Mellon University, the U.S. Secret Service, and Forcepoint, found that 39% of security managers said the frequency of cybersecurity events has increased and the average number of days before problems are detected rose from 58 in 2015 to 92 in 2017. The average at large enterprises was 138 days – that’s four months for the math-impaired.

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Hacked Vacuum Cleaner Doubles as Spy Cam

Data Breach Today

And if you don’t have enough to worry about, it turns out your vacuum machine could be spying on you too. Researchers at Check Point, who are paid to try such things, found they could hack into the camera on a Wi-Fi connected LG vacuum robot, despite sophisticated anti-hacking defenses employed by the manufacturer. Their point may be undercut by a video illustrating the hack: while intended to be ominous, it seemed to show the main risk is the world learning whether you have dust bunnies.

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