Hackers Gained Greater Notoriety in 2016

Time magazine: “Hardly a week passed without news of some kind of digital breach, somewhere in the world, often establishing some kind of record—for sheer scope, for novel tactics or for setting an ominous new precedent. Hackers broke into the U.S. Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and likely the National Security Agency. They stole or tried to sell data from private companies including Adult FriendFinder, LinkedIn, Mail.ru and Yahoo. They leaked the confidential medical records of elite athletes Simone Biles and Serena and Venus Williams, the private photos of celebrities including comedian Leslie Jones and, along the way, the embarrassing password choices of a billionaire hacker named Zuckerberg.

“They blocked millions of Americans from accessing the Internet one day this fall by remotely taking control of legions of web-connected gadgets, such as baby monitors and digital video recorders, to unleash floods of bogus traffic. They shut down the San Francisco municipal railway over Thanksgiving weekend after an IT administrator allegedly clicked one wrong link embedded in a malicious email.

“In 2016 hackers took aim at American democracy itself. The presidential campaign coasted on a steady stream of leaked documents and emails stolen in a series of sophisticated digital break-ins…”

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