Are cyber attacks really as scary as they sound?

September 5, 2017

A joint report was recently released by the FBI and DHS (Department of Homeland Security), highlighting that a US nuclear power plant was indeed hacked. Both manufacturing and energy industries are warned that they need to strengthen security levels; and that threat is real. However, the media has taken things too far, issuing news reports with exaggerated headlines like “hackers are after the US nukes”.

Cyber attacks - fiction or not?

What happens all over the internet has given people a good reason to doubt that there’s something that can be done to prevent cyber attacks. Even though they are real, and they do happen to some of the world’s top-secured government websites, the media doesn’t emphasize truth. Instead, they are focused on alarming the population with the sole reason to make more money.

When the US nuclear power plant got hacked, both the FBI and the DHS issued another report highlighting that there was no indication of a direct threat to the safety of the people. Regardless, average people were not 100% sure. Some of them were still concerned that the “nukes would lead to a third world war”. It’s natural to feel vulnerable when such a massive hack happens.

Over the years, lots of other government websites were....

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