We’ve recently covered what you can learn from the DNC email hack, but this is just one of the recent hacking scandals in the past few years. Hacks occur all the time — from single Twitter users to massive corporations, anyone is liable to be hacked.
Rewind isn’t an app that helps you from being hacked, however, but we do have your back when it comes to backups and data security. For instance, in the event your Shopify storefront is hacked and modified, you have the ability to take it all down, get your store’s data from our Rewind Vault and replace it unadulterated. Your store data is also stored in a secure location so it won’t ever be accessed or tampered with unless you specifically do so.
Even though getting hacked is the responsibility of the hacker in question, you do have the ability to prevent hacks and learn from the mistakes of others. You know you need a backup in the case of a hacking situation, but what else can you learn from previous hacking situations?
Laremy Tunsil and the N.F.L Draft
During the high-profile 2016 NFL football draft, Laremy Tunsil was easily the most sought after pick for any number of football teams who could claim him. Without a doubt, he was the shining star of the draft and sports analysts thought he would be, at the very least, one of the top five football players picked that night.
However, right before the draft was scheduled to take place Tunsil’s Twitter account was hacked. The hacker displayed a video of Tunsil smoking marijuana and his draft dreams were dashed. He still sealed a deal with the Miami Dolphins, but he was the 13th pick — far from one of the top five spots. Another hack also happened on Tunsil’s Instagram, showing exchanges of money between Tunsil and his previous coach.
The lesson to be learned here is one that is simple — anyone can be subject to a hack, and saving files or videos of yourself doing something salacious is rarely a smart thing to do.
The Ashley Madison Leak
In 2015, the Internet collective known as The Impact Team took issue with dating site Ashley Madison, whose purpose is to help married individuals have an extramarital affair. The hackers stole customer data from the site, threatening to expose it if the site wasn’t shut down. When Ashley Madison didn’t comply, the hackers did as they suggested they would do.
One of the reasons this hack happened is because Ashley Madison didn’t have the proper precautions put in place to keep their consumer’s data safe. Most hacks on corporations only snag a portion of the data stored within the company — however these hackers stole all the data related to the site’s 39 million users.
The lesson? Always make sure your bases are covered. If you are left vulnerable, hackers will likely exploit this deficit.
Recent Anonymous Exploits
To keep it short and sweet, in 2015 Anonymous targeted multiple organizations and affiliations that related to religion and terrorism, including threats to infiltrate ISIS, hacking the Ku Klux Klan (though they deny affiliation) and accomplished hacks of Canadian government websites.
The lesson to learn on this one is simple — Anonymous isn’t a group to anger, and yet organizations and businesses continue to do so over and over. If you fall into controversy, hope that Anonymous doesn’t take notice and keep your nose clean of them.
The “Wired” Jeep Hack
Recently the tech magazine and website “Wired” worked with two white-hat hackers to test a theory. Now that more and more vehicles include self-driving technology, “Wired” wondered how easy it would be to hack automobiles and take them over. The two hackers quickly accomplished a remote hack job within a Jeep Cherokee — including altering the A/C temperature and locking the brakes.
While not a scandal, this still caused a global stir and panic. Chrysler reacted and instituted a patch, and that’s the correct response. Here, the lesson is that hackers will exploit and test your defenses. Once you know your defenses have a hole exposed, quickly fixing the problem is how you keep your data safe and your image clear.
No one wants to stress about their data, between losing everything and having it hacked into. As a shop owner, you have a lot of responsibility to keep your data safe, just like we have a responsibility to keep your own data safe. When you protect your data, you protect yourself.