“All my information has been erased,” that was the message quoted in some news page about a recent attack to Ukranian networks. This attack obliterated the data of many important institutions and caused the collapse of the country for many weeks. Many people could not get their medicines or even withdraw money from the bank.
Many stories circulate aroud ciberattacks during these days, but what are these? Ciberattacks are perpretrated by hackers who only look for profit and precious information from their victims. They get into an administrator’s system and state they will wipe out all the information if a certain quantity on money is not given to them. Scared, the victims accept the terms and recover their information.
This is a problem is a local level, but think about it in a bigger picture. What happens if hackers take control of anu country’s system? That would mean valuable losses of profit for their citizens. That is why countries such as Russia and China have introduced hackers to their security offices. However, these two countries have been accused of ciberattacks in other countries. For example, it it believed that the Russian government manipulated the Presidential elections of the United States of America in which Donald Trump won. However, these accusations have not been completely proved, but the reticence exists.
Coming back to the main question: am I safe from a ciberattack? No, you are no. You can be a victim in any way. One day you can try to enter your bank account and you find out you have no money. You try to think about your previous purchases but after doing all the math you come to the point you have been robbed. This robbery was not made with a pistol; it was someone with skilled computer abilities and taste for money.