The Internet is filled with different kinds of disasters, but when it comes to unfortunate events that have an effect on users, there are several top ten worst Internet disasters. One of them is hacking; recently Sony was affected by hacking which compromised the personal information of its PlayStation online gamers. Over seventy-seven million of its users are wondering on the exact effect of having their personal data exposed to hackers. Hackers are composed of a diverse group of people who can cause billions of dollars in damages to any program or website that they hack into.
In connection with hacking problems, here are the top ten worst virus attacks of all times that have placed internet security in question and have placed a doubt in the minds of millions of users on how safe the internet is. Somebody needs to create a patch to remedy these:
Top Ten Worst Internet Virus from the oldest to the most recent ones:
• Morris: The first Internet worm was created by Robert T. Morris. He said his goal was to gauge the size of the Internet; instead he caused an estimated damage between $10 million to $100 million.
• Melissa: Named after the creator’s favorite lap dancer, it forced major companies such as Microsoft to shut down their email gateways due to the large volume of traffic that this virus generated.
• VBS/ Loveletter: This virus originated from the Philippines and managed to spread worldwide in a single day to infect computer email address by sending large numbers of messages. It has caused an estimated $5.5 billion in damage as both corporate and government email systems, causing them to shut down to eradicate the virus.
• Code Red started running in the Microsoft IIS Web Server: Defaced websites through its text “HELLO”. It has caused an estimated of $2.6 billion and has not stopped its major disruption in connectivity up to this point time.
• Nimda: This caused more than $635 million in damage since it had a more damaging effect than Code Red.
• SQL Slammer; It made the distribution of duplicates of itself in the world causing the denials of service and the slowing down of the entire Internet.
• MS Blaster: This virus spread through Windows operating systems, specifically targeting the Windows update services.
• MyDoom: This virus quickly spread by purportedly sending an email message with an attachment that when opened will send email copies of the virus to those who are listed in the victim’s address book.
• Sasser: This virus affected transatlantic flights.
• Witty; The first worm to attack network protected software, IBM specifically. The main effect is that it has proven that a worm can affect a population of machines and networks who think that they are properly secured.
Some people believe that the worst bugs are those who can cause fatalities. Coming up with a list of bugs that have wreaked havoc is not that hard, but it is hard to note the severity of their effect. One has to choose between what can be worse between breaches in internet security, because of a computer worm which can cause the Internet to shut down for a few days or a typo that can trigger the crash of the phone system of a country. The choice is for each person to make since each one knows which is most important for him or her, like making a phone call or accessing email.
Since most of those who use the internet are members of several websites, we will now talk about the worst password practices. This is the reason why hackers can sometimes hack your online bank accounts and other personal data. Experts suggest that users adopt passwords with eight characters mixing them with upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. The key is a password that is simple yet easily remembered by the user (but cannot be easily figured out by the hacker).
The Top Ten Commonly Used Passwords:
• A simple stream of numbers 123456
• Second is 12345
• Third is 123456789
Remember not to use your name in your password as this easily cracked by hackers. It is good to mix up a word with numbers and even make them case sensitive. Finally, technology should not be totally blamed for all of the mishaps on the Internet. The Internet can either be your friend or your foe depending on how you choose to use it. For those who make an honest to goodness living on the Internet, being the victim of such disasters can affect their source of livelihood and the future of their family who depend on them as well. We need to learn how to guard ourselves from such unavoidable occurrences. One never knows what exactly runs in the mind of those who attempt at making mischief for people and corporations. They alone can answer the root of their personal reasons.