According to a recent report, there were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in 2012. And increasingly, criminals are taking advantage of the poor security measures smartphone and tablet owners use to gain access to important personal information. Many users keep banking information on their phones or check their bank accounts via public Wi-Fi. And many people leave their phones unattended at their office or in their parked cars.
Internet attacks on nations, banks, universities and individuals have increased dramatically over the last few years. Dr. Richard J Harknett, head of the University of Cincinnati Department of Political Science, and UC Associate Professor of Information Technology Mark Stockman discuss cyber security and protecting your online information.
The Pentagon is increasing itscybersecurity force fivefold after a series of hacking incidents that have originated in China and other places. In recent months U.S. businesses and newspapers have also been compromised. Suspects include organized rings and teenage hackers from Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Increasingly the U.S. government and businesses are taking steps to better protect themselves. Ann Thompson reports in Focus on Technology.