Last year everyone was informed about the whilstleblowing website Wikileaks.  Wikileaks is best known for exposing more than 250,000 U.S. government documents to The New York Times late last year.  Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has faced a lot of criticism from around the world, and even has been considered a “high-tech terrorist” by Sen. Mitch McConnell.  Assange was on the run for a long time from numerous countries’ judicial agencies.  Eventually, Wikileaks was taken down, which in turn caused massive outrage from many Internet hackers and Wikileak imitators.  Many of these hackers are huge supporters of Wikileaks, and now have started to fight back.  A lot of credit card companies have been attacked by these Wikileak devotees, and most recently, an organization called HBGary Federal was attacked.  HBGary Federal was infiltrated by a Wikileak support group called Anonymous which stole thousands of employee e-mails. Now Anonymous poses a risk of attacking and stealing your work/personal e-mail accounts.

True or False?

TRUE: The group, who call themselves Anonymous, have attacked MasterCard, Visa, and most recently HBGary Federal.  Anonymous spent February stealing thousands of employee e-mails, and earlier this week, coincidentally, the CEO of HBGary Federal Aaron Barr resigned.  This is something that may make Internet users very nervous.  Well relax a little bit; numerous Internet experts have said Anonymous poses little to no risk to the normal everyday Internet user.  Some good things to make sure to always do is make sure the password to your e-mail accounts are creative and cannot be easily sought after.  Also, it is recommended that you delete all e-mails older than six months, so if you are infiltrated, the result will not be as bad.  This is another unfortunate situation many people will probably become weary about, but as stated earlier, it is highly unlikely you will be infiltrated by Anonymous, although it is definitely always a possibility.

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