How Is All This Hacking Affecting My Identity?

Without question, 2011 is the year for hackers of all kinds to get their 15 minutes of fame. But it feels like it’s lasting a lot longer than 15 minutes. With so many different breeds of hackers, each with their own agenda and an endless supply of potential targets, the media has certainly been more than willing to give them all the attention they could possibly want.

Major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Forbes, seem to have journalists working fulltime to cover the hacker chronicles. Significant players and events like Wikileaks, HB Gary, Anonymous, Lulz, IMF, Sony, RSA, Epsilon, the News of The World voicemail hacking scandal in Britain, and so many others have helped bring data security and identity theft issues to the forefront of the public’s attention. Much of the coverage has been sensationalist, but the reality is that we are indeed…

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