Yes, I’m concerned about security for all financial and corporate institutions. These entities have our medical, financial and personal information that I choose not to share, and the institutions that have this information on me and my family should assure that the data are safe and secure. Periodic news releases indicate otherwise, and who knows how many undiscovered organizations have been hacked. It seems the hackers are more clever than our domestic institutions, or that these institutions have chosen, for cost or other reasons, not to implement better security. Password-protected sites seem to be easily hacked, so another form of security is needed, perhaps fingerprint, retinal signature, encryption or some other means. As many of these hackers originate beyond U.S. borders, our legal jurisdiction and, apparently, capability seem limited. This is electronic piracy, so why wouldn’t piracy laws apply?
As for privacy, that seems to be as antiquated in today’s society as the typewriter and the hand-wound wristwatch. Between 1st Amendment rights of free speech and weakened 4th Amendment rights of search and seizure, along with voluntary surrendering personal information on social media sites (thus aiding the hackers), the concept of privacy seems as extinct as the passenger pigeon.
One big concern is whether this stolen information and money is being used to fund terrorist organizations, resulting in citizens unwillingly underwriting the threats and attacks on our government and social institutions. This a national security issue and should be approached and corrected by our best and brightest — who we hope are better than the hackers. Constant vigilance is certainly warranted.
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