With new reports out now that nearly half of all Americans have been hacked at least once in their lives, you have to wonder how much more chaotic it’s going to get in the coming decade. Are we ready to tackle the thought that hacking may become such a regular activity that we’re just used to it as part of daily life? As we keep reading about hackers always being several steps ahead of our own government security, you have to think that we’re going to have to either not think about it and hope for the best, or begin to go back to keeping our private information tangibly in our homes or bank security boxes rather than online.
What makes these hacks even more shocking is they may not be coming mostly from overseas, despite hacking from China and other countries still being widespread. According to the statistics, most of these hacks may be coming from co-workers and even family members. In many of those cases, it could be a hack to spy on a fellow employee or member of the family in order to find out information about them they probably wouldn’t volunteer.
These cases may be hacks just to gain personal information and not necessarily to do something criminal. That doesn’t take away from the reality of many hackers out there brazenly hacking us to steal our personal identities for financial benefit. There seems to be a massive network now of hackers perhaps almost working in communion with one another to become something close to resembling a super terrorist group. As we’ve seen with Boko Haram in Nigeria, the political climate is set up there now where far too many young men are joining the group and turning it into a powerful entity almost impossible to stop.
At one time in America, that would have been considered the mafia. We all know the Mafioso slowly weakened over time, mainly because their crimes were too visible. Hacking is the most invisible crime there is since most people don’t even realize they’re being hacked. Also, with the ability to communicate easier through wireless technology, hackers can essentially become a terror network and share enough ideas to stay far ahead of our own government that seems to be way behind.
How can we really handle this when all we can do is just use the best security available? The idea of just accepting it could have more benefits than you think.
The Thrill of the Hunt for Hackers
If hacking becomes to a crisis point before the end of the decade (more than likely at this point), will we end up going into a panic and remove all our personal information from our computers and wireless devices? Most likely not based on the inconvenience and because we seem to accept the idea that we’re living smack dab in the face of chaos theory. Most of us are accepting life as one giant gamble that can go right one minute and completely wrong the next. Having a frame of mind like this may mean completely turning off the threat of hacking to a point where we figure we’ll think about it only if we find out we’re a victim. This might sound like life will eventually become close to a game of Russian Roulette, though it may be a necessary frame of mind in order to keep a quality of life about us.
The media already says we’re getting a little too comfortably numb to all the reports of hackers compromising personal info in major stores like Target and hacks at such stalwart sites as AOL and eBay.
In the field of psychology, everyone becoming a little numb to hacking around us could be bad news for the hackers. Considering many of them do it for the thrill of creating a rise in people, what happens to their psyche if we just shrug our shoulders in the near future? It could bore hackers to a point where they figure they’ll want to do something else with their skills.
For some hackers, it means turning to the government’s side and helping catch the nefarious hackers out there causing real harm. As the government keeps arresting hackers, they also turn around and employ them later to help catch the next wave of hackers. It’s a perpetual circle that, combined with public acceptance of hacking, has potential to wear down hacking in the future where pure psychology solved a major world problem.