Let's say a moderately popular online game that you play gets hacked. You've used a personal email address that's reserved mostly for junk mail. Alongside it, the hackers steal your home IP address, the nickname you use when you play the game, and they also get their hands on the password as stored by the game developer.
Facebook has received ample blame for the historic data breach that allowed hackers to not only take over the accounts of at least 50 million users but also access third-party websites those users logged into with Facebook. But what makes it so much worse is that fixing the issue is, in many ways, out of Facebook's hands. If they had taken more care with their implementation of Facebook's Single Sign-On feature—which lets you use your Facebook account to access other sites and services, rather than creating a unique password for every site—the impact could have largely been limited to Facebook.
Popular adult website YouPorn has been caught in an awkward position after users' account information was laid bare by hackers. According to security blogger Anders Nilsson, the email addresses, passwords and birthdates of over one million users were made publicly accessible. A Naked Security blog post claimed YouPorn - one of the top most popular websites in the world - has been publishing users' data in a public fashion since
Let us take a step back and understand how digital is impacting our lives. We are becoming increasingly dependent on digital. Today, literally every person has a parallel digital avatar or identity.
One of the most frustrating things on the Internet are sites that make you register just to view content. I'm not talking about paywalls —I mean the sites that make you give them personal information to look at free articles or forum threads. Most people are uncomfortable with this because a lot of these sites either spam you themselves, or sell your information to someone else who will.
The biggest hack of of has been revealed, and it's huge. In fact, it's nearly as big as the Yahoo half-billion user hack of that we only just learned about. That may surprise you considering this one involved AdultFriendFinder.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Adult Friend Finder, a casual dating website, has called in police and investigators after a suspected leak of client information. Its owner, California-based FriendFinder Networks, said it was aware of the issue's "seriousness".
Pornhub was hit by a hack that means anyone who used it could have contracted a virus. A secret, malicious advert has been running on the free pornography site for more than a year. And it works by infiltrating people's computer and then having their machine taken over, all without a users' knowledge.
There have been proposed systems to rate Internet content, but none is really widespread at this time. One problem is that online publishers worry their content will be arbitrarily censored by filtering software. On the other hand, at Safe Surf, web sites can voluntarily rate sites and then you can use blocking software to limit your kids' access to sites that have adult content ratings, for example.