This tech time warp will bring you back to the year 2000, just a few months after everyone realized Y2K wasn’t going to be a major disaster after all. It was a time before Facebook and even before MySpace. (By the way, if you never deleted your old MySpace account, you should probably stop and read this article about the 427 million passwords that got leaked. We’ll wait.) But hackers were still a serious threat.
On May 31, 2000, the hottest thing in the security industry was a burglar alarm created by a Swedish startup called Defcom Internet Security. According to a ZDNet story published at the time, CEO Mathais Elvang said: "Defcom Online is a burglar alarm for your network and works to protect systems from intrusion and potential failure. Such intrusions could result in severe financial losses or loss of confidence by customers." This remote network intrusion detection service was designed to not only protect businesses but to track down hackers that tried to attack. Click here to read the full story.
Beyond burglar alarms
Obviously, this alarm didn’t stop hackers. Defcom Internet Security has since been dissolved, but the fight against hackers continues. Attacks have gotten much more sophisticated in the past 16 years, with serious data breaches like the one at Target in December 2013 where 110 million credit and debit card accounts were stolen after phishing emails introduced a Trojan to the network. Plus, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has reported that data breaches are already up 22 percent, with 430 so far in 2016.
Hackers are regularly making headlines, and ransomware is becoming increasingly popular. Cyber security has never been more important. Many large corporations have even resorted to offering bug bounty programs to incentivize hackers to reveal flaws in their code. Uber recently listed a bounty of $10,000 for someone who can hack into the server and run malicious code. PayPal, Microsoft, United, Google, and other major businesses are running similar programs.
So, it’s 16 years after a burglar alarm to catch hackers was introduced, and we’re still fighting with cybercrime, only on a much larger scale. Makes you wonder what the next 16 years will bring in the realms of cyber security.