Decoding Security’s most recent episode, Cryptocurrency 101, brought insight into the elusive digital trend of cryptocurrency. Well, it is once again making headlines. Earlier this month, a 20-year old California college student was arrested for stealing over $5M in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by hijacking more than 40 cell phone numbers. Also making cybersecurity news, inmates from five different Idaho Department of Correction facilities hacked tablets given to them for email, music, and games. By exploiting a vulnerability in the tablet’s software, they collected nearly $225,000 worth of credits to purchase various games and eBooks.
According to pop culture’s portrayal of cybersecurity and hacking, it’s easy to be a hacker. Hacks and breaches not only dominate the real-world media, but they can be seen everywhere in TV and movies today, and more often than not, the portrayal is inaccurate. Why, then, does Hollywood get hacking so wrong? Tune in this week on Decoding Security as Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall take a candid look at Hollywood’s hype on hacking, so grab a bag of popcorn and be sure to tune in!