The IT topic that we have chosen is ‘Recent Hacking Incidents’.
‘Hacking’ can be defined as the intentional and unauthorised access to personal information of a person or group of people.
Hacking has become common, especially in our present era of advanced and constantly evolving technology. People continue to gain access into computer systems and personal accounts as well as online gaming programmes, laptop webcams, security cameras and many more.
The most common form of hacking is the stealing of passwords that protect an individuals’ personal information, such as the passwords to bank accounts, emails, computers on which personal information and documents are stored and even social media accounts.
Corporate hacking is a case in which individuals or companies gain access to personal and business information that belong to other companies, generally with the aim to overthrow or ‘spy’ on them.
Bizarre cases include laptop and desktop webcam hacking as well as baby monitor hacking.
In extreme cases, individuals and/or their loved ones may be threatened by their hacker, which can lead to dangerous situations.
Many people are not aware of the dangers of being hacked and need to learn how to protect their personal accounts and/or devices properly as well as being cautious when it comes to sharing personal information with others. They may also not understand the seriousness of hacking and the damage that can be caused by it.
There may be individuals who are not certain as to what hacking is and how it can occur. The aim of our survey is to find out how much people know about hacking and if they know what precautions and steps are required should they be a victim or a potential victim of a hacking incident. We also want to discover if people know that absolutely anyone can be a victim of hacking and that hacking is not just aimed at those who may be highly successful in their careers or those who possess important or ‘top secret’ information.
We were able to survey ten (10) people and below is the information we gathered from our survey:
This pie chart shows some of the hacking incidents that people may have or have not heard of .In the above 50% which is the majority are aware of password hacking and 30% have heard of cooperate business hacking but the least of which only 20% have heard is webcam and baby monitor hacking thus people should be made known about the hacking incidents above and more
10 percent of the people (which is one person) said that they were very vulnerable to being hacked. This meant that they did not take any or took a few safety measures.
70 percent of the people (which is 7 people) said that they were somewhat vulnerable but relatively safe. This meant that an adequate to substantial amount of safety measures were taken by these people.
20 percent of people (which is 2 people) said that they were not at all vulnerable to being hacked. This meant that they took all of the safety measures.
The graph above shows the results of what the people who took the survey would do if they were hacked.Taking into consideration that people are different and so are their responses/reactions to situations.Only 10% would take other actions,with 20% taking legal action and 70% would put more security measures in place to prevent further hacks.This therefore shows that most people who took the survey believe that hacking can most be avoided by putting more securiy measures.
According to those who took the survey this graph shows who is targeted the most by hackers,we have 20% saying wealthy individuals,40% says successful companies and 40% believes that random individuals are targeted.The graph then shows that individuals are targeted less than companies,this could be because hackers believe that there individuals have nothing valuable when compared to companies,since in a company they can hack a lot more people compared to just an individual.