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Once Again, Personal Information Is Not So Personal

Yassine Belkouteb

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Hacking is nothing new to this generation, we always hear about information leaks. On November 2016, the Google Play store has been hacked and the hackers gained over 1.3 millions users emails, photos, documents, and have access to location trackings.

This hacking was discovered by Check Point, a cyber security company. They notified Google of this issue and Google confirmed that there has been a breach in their system. “This theft of over a million Google account details is very alarming and represents the next stage of cyber-attacks,” Michael Shaulov, Check Point’s head of mobile products. said.

He also stated, “We are seeing a shift in the strategy of hackers, who are now targeting mobile devices in order to obtain the sensitive information that is stored on them.”

Check Point provided a link to consumers to check if their emails were compromised by the hack. By providing just your email address this website Gooligan.CheckPoint.com will provide them with information about the security breach and what actions to be taken. Many people were disappointed that Googles Play Store is a target of this malware, that is stealing peoples personal information. “Not surprisingly, a malware, spread in unofficial markets, can create real damage,” said Zuk Avraham, the founder of another cybersecurity firm, Zimperium.

Downloading apps that have not been certified by Google on the play store puts users at risk of getting this malware. Also, if a phone is jailbroken and uses unauthorized apps, you are more prone to information being leaked. Google also recommends that you to change your password every 2-3 months and to always have 2 step verification, in case your account does get hacked and you need to gain access back to it.

Hacking is something that can not be eliminated, our generation is more involved with technology and that provides hackers a chance to steal valuable information and use it to their advantage. So try to keep things private off your device and off the web, its better to have things physically then to have it electronically because you never know if a hacker might just sneak into your personal information and make it not so personal.

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